Our English Lit. professor has asked us to find out whose is this passage: It started off so well, everybody seems delighted. Even his sister was there looking at him and smiling. However [...] He says we'll be rewarded if we find out. I've been browsing through anthologies for days and my head is about to explode. If any of you could PLEASE tell me, or ask someone who may know, I'd GREATLY appreciate it. He only just gave us two hints: the author is Canadian (male or female, we don't know) and it is the very beginning of a short story. It is not Margaret Atwood (I found that by myself). Thank you!