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Hard Times

Friends of Meager Fortune by David Adams Richards

Reviewed by Ron Charles
Washington Post Book World

"Why do Canadian writers get so little respect south of the border? Unless they're caught writing 'color' as 'colour' or 'center' as 'centre,' you'd think they could waltz into the unsuspecting arms of American book buyers. But the tendency to dismiss them is so strong that not long ago an American publisher told me she was stripping all mention of a novelist's Canadian identity from her publicity material in hopes of increasing the writer's chances...." Read the entire Washington Post Book World review.

2 Responses to "Hard Times"

    KareAnderson February 23rd, 2007 at 8:28 am

    I heartily agree with Ron Charles that wider recognition of David Adam's engrossing stories is long overdue.

    Not only does he make us care about his characters, his "trick" of keeping the narrator's identity a secret until the end really works with this tale. I was so touched by this new book that, The Friends of Meager Fortune, I sent an email to a colleague at the Canadian Library Assn. I had the honor to "meet" via email in advance of speaking at their upcoming conference. This book would be great for high shcool and colelge writing classes.

    Also I treasure the way Powells provides these great reviews and blogs from authors - another meaningful way you differentiate your business from your competitors
    - Kare

    William Plante April 14th, 2009 at 9:24 pm

    I am about 15% of the way through the book and I am absolutely knocked out by the beautiful turn of phrase and imagery created by Richards. For the first time in my recreational reading I bought a book journal and started recording some of his lines - he so simply conveys complex ideas and perspective, I wish I could do what he does. I am going to study his technique and take some lessons from this guy.

    Congrats to Ron Charles for nailing a right-on review. A pleasure to read and agree with.

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