Fiction. Jewish Studies. THE RENTER, Michael Tregebov's fourth novel, is set in Winnipeg Beach, Manitoba's version of cottage country, ca. 1968. Once the preserve of the city's establishment, by the time the events of the novel take place, Winnipeg Beach has declined to the point that even the city's middle classes, including its prosperous Jewish citizens, could afford addresses there. Michael Tregebov's would-be hero in THE RENTER is a young man sporting a summer tan, Keds and crisp short-sleeved white shirts, and toting a transistor radio. Bret Yeatman is out to recoup the social position his father lost through financial ruin, and is determined to realize his fantasy by marrying up and into the well-to-do family of his first perfect love, Sandra Sugarman, and renouncing his easy, promiscuous life in the drug trade. But his fantasy collides with Sandra's own—stars are crossed, and the fates will have their day.
Winnipeg native Michael Tregebov's first novel, THE BRISS (New Star Books, 2009), was short-listed for a Commonwealth Writers Prize, and was followed by THE SHIVA (New Star Books, 2012), SHOT ROCK (New Star Books, 2019), and THE RENTER (New Star Books, 2021). A noted Spanish translator, he lives near Barcelona. His translation work includes books by Nadine Gordimer and William Carlos Williams, as well as over 100 episodes of Star Trek (both generations) and The Equalizer.Author City: Barcelona SPA