Synopses & Reviews
Fans of Palahniuk and Irvine Welsh will relish the graphic fight sequences and gritty social commentary.-Rocky Mountain News
How to Allocate Your Free Time This Month : ] Devouring Craig Davidson's gruesome debut novel, The Fighter.-Esquire
This is more than a stunning debut. It reminds me how vacuous, banal and insipid most highly-touted fiction is. Craig Davidson asks-and answers-some big, uncomfortable questions about the nature of our humanity. The Fighter is an essential novel, destined for cult status at the very least.-Irvine Welsh
While the novel's brutal fights will entice readers of other virile allegories like Chuck Palahniuk's Fight Club, Davidson's story takes a more nuanced, realistic approach.-Kirkus Reviews
Everything has been handed to Paul Harris, the son of a wealthy southern Ontario businessman. But after a vicious beating shakes his world, he descends into the realm of hardcore bodybuilders and boxing gyms, seeking to become a real man, reveling in suffering.
Rob Tully, a working-class teenager from upstate New York, is a born boxer. He trains with his father and uncle, who believe a gift like his can change their lives, but he struggles under the weight of their expectations. Inevitably, these two young men's paths will cross.
Craig Davidson was born in Toronto and now lives in Calgary, Alberta. He is the author of the acclaimed short story collection Rust and Bone, which was published by W.W. Norton in the United States, Penguin in Canada, Albin Michel in France, and Picador in the United Kingdom.
Paul Harris and Rob Tully couldn't come from more different homes. Paul is wealthy, kept in fine suits and fast cars, his career in the family wine business assured. Rob has a more dangerous family line. He is a gifted boxer, struggling with his father's expectation that his talent will lift them out of poverty.
When Paul and Rob defy the paths mapped out for them, the results are extreme. Because both of them know that when a pair of fighters step into an illegal ring, sometimes only one walks out.
The Fighter is the electrifying story of one man trying to escape his fate and one man hurtling towards it. It captures the bleak, bloody world of underground boxing, the difficult relationships between fathers and their sons, the lengths to which these men are driven for self-knowledge, and the depths they will plumb in order to belong.
'Craig Davidson is a young author who already displays the sure-footedness of a seasoned pro' The Times
'Davidson writes with precision and power that's hard to ignore' Independent on Sunday