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About this book
It’s 1994 and Pete Curtis is pretty much done with Thunder Bay, Ontario. He’s graduating high school and playing drums in a band that’s ready to hit the road. Even though his parents, teachers, and new girlfriend seem a little underwhelmed, Pete knows he’s on the verge of indie rock greatness.
Fast-forward ten years, Pete finds himself stuck teaching high school in the hometown he longed to escape, while his best friend and former bandmate is a bona fide rock star.
Greg Rhyno's debut novel is full of catchy hooks, compelling voices, and duelling time signatures. Told in two alternating decades, To Me You Seem Giant is a raucous and evocative story about trying to live in the present when you can’t escape your past.
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The To Me You Seem Giant YouTube playlist
- The Tragically Hip - "Looking for a Place to Happen"
- Sloan - "The Rest of My Life"
- Hayden - "In September"
- Joel Plaskett Emergency - "Come On, Teacher"
- Thrush Hermit - "French Inhale"
- Broken Social Scene - "Almost Crimes"
- Superfriendz - "Rescue Us from Boredom"
- The New Pornographers - "The Laws Have Changed"
- Killjoys - "Today I Hate Everyone"
- Sam Roberts - "Where Have All the Good People Gone?"
- Odds - "It Falls Apart"
- Metric - "Combat Baby"
- Lowest of the Low - "Salesmen, Cheats, and Liars"
- Death from Above 1979 - "Romantic Rights"
- Zumpano - "The Party Rages On"
- Constantines - "Nighttime/Anytime (It's Alright)"
- Sloan - "Worried Now"
- Arcade Fire - "Rebellion (Lies)"
- The Gandharvas - "The First Day of Spring"
- Feist - "Let It Die"
- Eric's Trip - "June"
- Jim Guthrie - "Time is a Force"
“An engrossing and masterful debut, To Me You Seem Giant reads like a love letter: to the Canadian music scene, to the 1990s, and to the city of Thunder Bay.”
“Rhyno knows of what he writes: the fervor of indie rock adolescence, the convolutions of adulthood, and the heartache in plumbing the past. A poignant and truthful novel, delivered with grace and panache.”
"For a novel that's a lot of fun, Rhyno's book is ultimately kind of uncool. Uncool in a good way, though. In the end, it's a love song to adulthood, about the journey from disorder to order, an acknowledgement that you can leave behind a lot of the bad of your youth and still bring all the good music with you." full review
"To Me You Seem Giant is a smartly observed journey about how to move forward."
"A brooding tenor – combined with a lifelong love for music that manifests itself in new ways as he ages – lends Pete’s character a believable continuity." full review
“To Me You Seem Giant is ultimately a touching and hopeful reminder of the need to confront the demons of your past in order to move on.”
"Underneath the layers of rock and roll is a compelling tale of lost loves, backstabbing bandmates and wondering where it all went wrong."