I’m just pages from finishing Wayne’s latest novel, The Family Code, a tough and tender portrait of a struggling single mother and the son who bears the brunt of her flawed parenting. Wayne’s social work background shines through the novel. So do his serious writing chops. This riveting book, laced with ugly truths, complex emotions, and wry humour, fearlessly depicts a slice of society that rarely appears in Canadian literature. I highly recommend it to anyone who likes their fiction unflinching and psychologically rich.