About the Author
Brian Metcalfe is a Torontonian who, as a young man, worked as a deckhand on an oil tanker, as an assembly-line worker in a German steel factory, and as a teacher in Uganda before obtaining a Ph.D. in English Literature. He left academic life for a career as a chartered accountant, but maintained his love of the arts — painting, and writing poetry, plays and fiction. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren.
“Coming Home Alone is both a gripping account of a man’s recovery from despair and a threnody for a vanished way of life.” —Tim Nau
“I think this is a wonderful book. Those of you who would expect the history of Ontario to be bland and boring — forget it. Brian Metcalfe describes small-town life in the Ontario of the ’40s and ’50s with a refreshing and intuitive understanding…. It takes an intelligent, provocative look at a world long gone.” —an Amazon reviewer
“Metcalfe’s book is a love poem to small town Ontario. A delightful read!” —D.V. Edwards
“Superbly written with all the elements of an excellent plot.” —Dianne Vanstone
“A rich, comic novel, an astute social history, and a passionate psychological study of the cost of war to those who must fight and to those at home.” —Erica Riggs