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A piercing epistolary novel, The Antagonist explores, with wit and compassion, how the impressions of others shape, pervert, and flummox both our perceptions of ourselves and our very nature.

Gordon Rankin Jr., aka “Rank,” thinks of himself as “King Midas in reverse”—and indeed misfortune seems to follow him at every turn. Against his will and his nature, he has long been considered—given his enormous size and strength—a goon and enforcer by his classmates, by his hockey coaches, and, not least, by his “tiny, angry” father. He gamely lives up to their expectations, until a vicious twist of fate forces him to flee underground. Now pushing forty, he discovers that an old, trusted friend from his college days has published a novel that borrows freely from the traumatic events of Rank’s own life. Outraged by this betrayal and feeling cruelly misrepresented, he bashes out his own version of his story in a barrage of e-mails to the novelist that range from funny to furious to heartbreaking.

With The Antagonist, Lynn Coady demonstrates all of the gifts that have made her one of Canada’s most respected young writers. Here she gives us an astonishing story of sons and fathers and mothers, of the rewards and betrayals of male friendship, and a large-spirited, hilarious, and exhilarating portrait of a man tearing his life apart in order to put himself back together.

 

About the Author

Lynn Coady is an award-winning writer, editor, and journalist. She was born on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of Mean Boy, Play the Monster BlindSaints of Big Harbour, and Strange Heaven.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780345802514
Author:
Coady, Lynn
Publisher:
Vintage Books
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
fiction;canadian
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage
Publication Date:
20131031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
304
Dimensions:
7.9 x 5.1 x 0.64 in 0.5 lb

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Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Coming of Age
Fiction and Poetry » Literature » Family Life

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