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When fifteen-year-old Del Parsons' parents rob a North Dakota bank, his normal life is altered forever, and a threshold is crossed that can never be uncrossed. His parents' imprisonment threatens a turbulent and uncertain future for Del and his twin sister, Berner. Fierce with resentment, Berner flees their Montana home for California. But Del is not completely abandoned. A family friend spirits him across the Canadian border toward safety and a better life. There, afloat on the Saskatchewan prairie, Del finds only cold refuge from Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and alluring American fugitive with a dark and violent past.

Undone by the calamity of his parents' robbery, Del struggles to remake himself. But his search for grace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with the forces of darkness that shadow us all.

A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision from one of our greatest writers, Canada is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose, both resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic.

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“Pure vocal grace, quiet humor, precise and calm observation.” The New Yorker

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“A triumph of voice....The writing...is spare, but heartbreaking.” USA Today

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"A magnificent work of Montana gothic that confirms his position as one of the finest stylists and most humane storytellers in America...Ford has left the suburbs of New Jersey two thousand miles away and delivered his most elegiac and profound book." Washington Post

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“Robust and powerful...Ford is able to tap into something momentous and elemental about the profound moral chaos behind the actions of seemingly responsible people...Ford has dramatized the frightening discovery of the world's anarchic heart.” Wall Street Journal

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“Richard Ford returns with one of his most powerful novels yet…Ford has never written better…Canada is Richard Ford's best book since Independence Day, and despite its robbery and killings it too depends on its voice, a voice oddly calm and marked by the spare grandeur of its landscape.” Daily Beast

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“Told in Ford's exquisitely detailed, unhurried prose…Ford is interested here in the ways snap decisions can bend life in unexpected directions...Canada's characters grapple with this...and the answers they come up with define the rest of their lives, along with this quietly thoughtful book.” Entertainment Weekly

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“Awe-inspiring....The laconic, grief-stricken voice of Dell, looking back on his past, trying to make some kind sense of what happened when his family imploded, keeps you turning pages, as do the quiet, thought-provoking revelations that Ford drops in throughout.” O, the Oprah Magazine

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“Masterly...in Ford's American tragedy, filled with lost innocence and inevitable violence — a rusting carnival, a rabbit caught in a coyote's jaws — geography feels a lot like fate.” Vogue

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“One of the most memorably heartbreaking novels of the year.” Christian Science Monitor

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“[Ford's] newest novel Canada, shows an artist in full command of his craft — sparsely elegant and bracingly direct, with a refreshing lack of irony or tricks.” Men's Journal

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“Marvelous…Canada is a masterpiece of a story with rich language and dialogue filled with suspense, bleakness, human frailties and flaws, and a little bit of hope seen through the eyes of an adolescent boy whose emotions seem often aligned with the desolate landscape of its setting.” The Oregonian (Portland)

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“A must-read....Canada reminds us why Ford is considered one of this country's most distinguished writers.” St. Paul Pioneer Press

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“[A] deeply felt and magnificently imagined work....With Canada, Ford has given us his deepest exploration yet of weakness and betrayal set amid a boys coming of age. It is a memorable novel, suffused with love, sorrow and regret.” Austin American-Statesman

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“[A] novel about big truths told by a writer with clear vision…solid, satisfying craftsmanship. This is a Richard Ford novel in the tradition of his earlier work. It also is a coming-of-age story, and a story about the discovery of identity.” Washington Independent Review of Books

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“This is a brilliant and engrossing portrait of a fragile American family and the fragile consciousness of a teenage boy. It is also fascinating in the way it reveals the plot in the opening page and then winds backwards, offering a more and more intimate version of the story.” Colm Toibin

Synopsis:

The only writer ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award for a single novel (Independence Day) Richard Ford follows the completion of his acclaimed Bascombe trilogy with Canada. After a five-year hiatus, an undisputed American master delivers a haunting and elemental novel about the cataclysm that undoes one teenage boys family, and the stark and unforgiving landscape in which he attempts to find grace. A powerful and unforgettable tale of the violence lurking at the heart of the world, Richard Ford's Canada will resonate long and loud for readers of stark and sweeping novels of American life, from the novels of Cheever and Carver to the works of Philip Roth, Charles Frazier, Richard Russo, and Jonathan Franzen.

About the Author

Richard Ford is the author of the Bascombe novels, which include The Sportswriter and its sequels, Independence Day — the first novel to win the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner Award — and The Lay of the Land, as well as the short story collections Rock Springs and A Multitude of Sins, which contain many widely anthologized stories. He lives in Boothbay, Maine, with his wife, Kristina Ford.

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I read a lot so it took a lot of reflection to select my favorite book of the year. This book is compelling, hypnotic, and lyrical. It was neck and neck with "Bring Up the Bodies" but then I remembered the heart-stopping (won't give any spoilers) plot development, and that broke the deadlock. This book dominated my inner world for days after the actual reading ceased, and on the strength of that I vote for "Canada" for the 2012 Puddly.
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From the first page you know what happens but the author takes you on a journey and you have no idea how the events will transpire. Wonderful writng and realistic charachters.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780061692031
Author:
Ford, Richard
Publisher:
Ecco Press
Author:
Ford, Richard
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20130131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
432
Dimensions:
9 x 6 x 0.92 in 17.78 oz

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Product details 432 pages Ecco - English 9780061692031 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Pure vocal grace, quiet humor, precise and calm observation.”
"Review" by , “A triumph of voice....The writing...is spare, but heartbreaking.”
"Review" by , "A magnificent work of Montana gothic that confirms his position as one of the finest stylists and most humane storytellers in America...Ford has left the suburbs of New Jersey two thousand miles away and delivered his most elegiac and profound book."
"Review" by , “Robust and powerful...Ford is able to tap into something momentous and elemental about the profound moral chaos behind the actions of seemingly responsible people...Ford has dramatized the frightening discovery of the world's anarchic heart.”
"Review" by , “Richard Ford returns with one of his most powerful novels yet…Ford has never written better…Canada is Richard Ford's best book since Independence Day, and despite its robbery and killings it too depends on its voice, a voice oddly calm and marked by the spare grandeur of its landscape.”
"Review" by , “Told in Ford's exquisitely detailed, unhurried prose…Ford is interested here in the ways snap decisions can bend life in unexpected directions...Canada's characters grapple with this...and the answers they come up with define the rest of their lives, along with this quietly thoughtful book.”
"Review" by , “Awe-inspiring....The laconic, grief-stricken voice of Dell, looking back on his past, trying to make some kind sense of what happened when his family imploded, keeps you turning pages, as do the quiet, thought-provoking revelations that Ford drops in throughout.”
"Review" by , “Masterly...in Ford's American tragedy, filled with lost innocence and inevitable violence — a rusting carnival, a rabbit caught in a coyote's jaws — geography feels a lot like fate.”
"Review" by , “One of the most memorably heartbreaking novels of the year.”
"Review" by , “[Ford's] newest novel Canada, shows an artist in full command of his craft — sparsely elegant and bracingly direct, with a refreshing lack of irony or tricks.”
"Review" by , “Marvelous…Canada is a masterpiece of a story with rich language and dialogue filled with suspense, bleakness, human frailties and flaws, and a little bit of hope seen through the eyes of an adolescent boy whose emotions seem often aligned with the desolate landscape of its setting.”
"Review" by , “A must-read....Canada reminds us why Ford is considered one of this country's most distinguished writers.”
"Review" by , “[A] deeply felt and magnificently imagined work....With Canada, Ford has given us his deepest exploration yet of weakness and betrayal set amid a boys coming of age. It is a memorable novel, suffused with love, sorrow and regret.”
"Review" by , “[A] novel about big truths told by a writer with clear vision…solid, satisfying craftsmanship. This is a Richard Ford novel in the tradition of his earlier work. It also is a coming-of-age story, and a story about the discovery of identity.”
"Review" by , “This is a brilliant and engrossing portrait of a fragile American family and the fragile consciousness of a teenage boy. It is also fascinating in the way it reveals the plot in the opening page and then winds backwards, offering a more and more intimate version of the story.”
"Synopsis" by , The only writer ever to win both the Pulitzer Prize and Pen/Faulkner Award for a single novel (Independence Day) Richard Ford follows the completion of his acclaimed Bascombe trilogy with Canada. After a five-year hiatus, an undisputed American master delivers a haunting and elemental novel about the cataclysm that undoes one teenage boys family, and the stark and unforgiving landscape in which he attempts to find grace. A powerful and unforgettable tale of the violence lurking at the heart of the world, Richard Ford's Canada will resonate long and loud for readers of stark and sweeping novels of American life, from the novels of Cheever and Carver to the works of Philip Roth, Charles Frazier, Richard Russo, and Jonathan Franzen.
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