A new novel that Richard B. Wright’s Clara Callan fans will adore, October effortlessly weaves a haunting coming-of-age story set in World War II Quebec with a contemporary portrait of a man still searching for answers in the autumn of his life.
In England to see his daughter, Susan, who is gravely ill, James Hillyer, a retired professor of Victorian literature, encounters by chance a man he once knew as a boy. Gabriel Fontaine, a rich and attractive American he met one summer during the war, when he was sent on a holiday to the Gaspé, is a mercurial figure, badly crippled by polio. A s an adolescent, James was both attracted to and repelled by Gabriel’s cocksure attitude and charm. He also fell hopelessly in love with Odette, a French- Canadian girl from the village, only to find himself in competition with the careless Gabriel. Now, at this random meeting over six decades later as he struggles with the terrible possibility that he could outlive his own daughter James is asked by Gabriel to accompany him on a final, unthinkable journey. A t last, James begins to see that all beginnings and endings are inexorably linked.
A classic Richard B. Wright novel, defined by superb storytelling, subtle, spare writing and characters who travel psychological territory as familiar and uncharted as our own, October is an extraordinary meditation on mortality, childhood and memory.
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RICHARD B. WRIGHT is the author of 11 novels, including Clara Callan, a #1 national bestseller that won the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Trillium Book Award and the CBA Libris Awards for Book of the Year and for Author of the Year. He has been awarded the Order of Canada. Richard B. Wright lives in St. Catharines, Ontario, with his wife, Phyllis.
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Book Description Harpercollins Canada, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0002006898
Book Description Phyllis Bruce Books, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110002006898
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