The Shiny Guys
by Doug MacLeod
Penguin, $17.95 pb, 261 pp, 9780143565307
T he Shiny Guys, quite a departure from Doug MacLeod’s usually quite light-hearted work, is nonetheless a real success. This foray into the world of mental illness and treatment calls to mind, and even refers directly to, complex works such as The Castle and One Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest.A book about fear, uncertainty, and suffering, it is rich in complexities but perfectly told for its young adult audience.