Ezra's grandfather bequeaths him a tale of domestic violence on his deathbed, a horror story that drives Ezra to seek out the truth about the four Mackenzie children
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Eric McCormack was born in a small village in Scotland. He moved to Canada in 1966 and attended the University of Manitoba. He taught English for more than thirty years at St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo, specializing in seventeenth-century and contemporary literature. He has been a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Governor General’s Award. He lives in Kingston, Ontario.From Publishers Weekly:
A virtuoso, McCormack ( Inspecting the Vaults ) holds the reader's attention as much by his style as by the story he tells . Scotsman Ezra Stevenson recalls a story about a horrifying family crime told to his grandfather in Patagonia by one of its victims. Now a journalist happily escaped from the hard life of his childhood, Ezra tries to verify the story, tracking down the four Mackenzie brothers and sisters who had been so terrifyingly abused. The search is suspenseful, as are the later-life stories he uncovers. Did they occur? Were these new victims the Mackenzie children grown up? The stories are both phantasmagorical and very real, and McCormack holds them together with a sophisticated prose rich in beautiful physical descriptions. Full of death and suffering, the novel exhilarates rather than depresses, its stark dourness vivifying rather than dulling the reading appetite.
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Book Description Viking, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0670824259
Book Description Viking, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0670824259
Book Description Viking, 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110670824259