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The Ash Garden

Written by Dennis Bock


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $13.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-72749-8 (0-375-72749-3)

Emiko Amai is six years old in August 1945 when the Hiroshima bomb burns away half of her face. To Anton, a young German physicist involved in the Manhattan Project, that same bomb represents the pinnacle of scientific elegance. And for his Austrian wife Sophie, a Jewish refugee, it marks the... Read more >
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The Communist's Daughter

Written by Dennis Bock


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 11, 2008
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9609-1 (1-4000-9609-X)

From the acclaimed author of The Ash Garden—“an illuminating searchlight on the terra incognita where the personal and the political intersect” (Newsday)—an even more ambitious novel that follows a doctor from the trenches of the Great War into subsequent conflicts whose horrors would soon envelop the world.

The historical Norman Bethune—legendary in... Read more >
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Going Home Again

Written by Dennis Bock


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 6, 2014
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-9610-7 (1-4000-9610-3)

Charlie Bellerose, a Canadian ex-pat, has built an enviable life in Madrid: a beautiful wife, a precocious daughter, a burgeoning empire of language academies. But when his marriage threatens to fall apart, he finds himself uprooted and returning home to Toronto. There he finds something unexpected: his wayward, frivolous older brother—himself... Read more >
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Rain; road; an open boat

Written by Roo Borson


Format: Trade Paperback, 88 pages
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
On Sale: March 20, 2012
Price: $18.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-1298-3 (0-7710-1298-5)

The first new collection of poetry from Roo Borson since her highly acclaimed collection Short Journey Upriver Toward Oishida, winner of three major prizes, including the Griffin Poetry Prize.

Roo Borson’s new collection continues the exploration of form, tone, musicality, and content begun in her widely acclaimed previous collection. Here, co-existing... Read more >

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The Orenda
A novel
Written by Joseph Boyden


Format: Hardcover, 448 pages
Publisher: Knopf
On Sale: May 13, 2014
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-35073-0 (0-385-35073-2)

In this hugely acclaimed author’s new novel, history comes alive before us when, in the seventeenth century, a Jesuit missionary ventures into the wilderness in search of converts—the defining moment of first contact between radically different worlds, each at once old and new in its own ways. What unfolds over the next... Read more >
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Autobiography of Red
A Novel in Verse
Written by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: July 27, 1999
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70129-0 (0-375-70129-X)

A New York Times Notable Book of the Year

The award-winning poet Anne Carson reinvents a genre in Autobiography of Red, a stunning work that is both a novel and a poem, both an unconventional re-creation of an ancient Greek myth and a wholly original coming-of-age story set in the present.

Geryon, a... Read more >

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The Beauty of the Husband
A Fictional Essay in 29 Tangos
Written by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 160 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 19, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70757-5 (0-375-70757-3)

This clear-eyed, brutal, moving, darkly funny book tells a single story in an immediate, accessible voice–29 “tangos” of narrative verse that take us vividly through erotic, painful, and heartbreaking scenes from a long-time marriage that falls apart. Only award-winning poet Anne Carson could create a work that takes on the oldest... Read more >
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Decreation

Written by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 10, 2006
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-7890-5 (1-4000-7890-3)

In her first collection in five years, Anne Carson contemplates “decreation”—an activity described by Simone Weil as “undoing the creature in us”—an undoing of self. But how can we undo self without moving through self, to the very inside of its definition? Where else can we start?

Anne Carson’s Decreation starts with... Read more >

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Men in the Off Hours

Written by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 176 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 13, 2001
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70756-8 (0-375-70756-5)

Reinventing figures as diverse as Oedipus, Emily Dickinson and Audubon, Anne Carson sets up startling juxtapositions in the poems and prose of Men in the Off Hours: Lazarus among video paraphernalia, Virgina Woolf and Thueydides discussing war, Edward Hopper paintings illuminated by St. Augustine. Revealing in unexpectedness and aware that "the... Read more >

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Plainwater
Essays and Poetry
Written by Anne Carson


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 28, 2000
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70842-8 (0-375-70842-1)

The poetry and prose collected in Plainwater are a testament to the extraordinary imagination of Anne Carson, a writer described by Michael Ondaatje as "the most exciting poet writing in English today." Succinct and astonishingly beautiful, these pieces stretch the boundaries of language and literary form, while juxtaposing classical and modern... Read more >

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Two Generals

Written by Scott Chantler


Format: Trade Paperback, 152 pages
Publisher: Emblem Editions
On Sale: September 27, 2011
Price: $19.99
ISBN: 978-0-7710-1959-3 (0-7710-1959-9)

A beautifully illustrated and poignant graphic memoir that tells the story of World War II from an Everyman’s perspective.

In March of 1943, Scott Chantler’s grandfather, Law Chantler, shipped out across the Atlantic for active service with the Highland Light Infantry of Canada, along with his best friend, Jack, a fellow officer... Read more >
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The Antagonist

Written by Lynn Coady


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 8, 2013
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-345-80251-4 (0-345-80251-9)

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... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Beautiful Losers

Written by Leonard Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 2, 1993
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74825-0 (0-679-74825-3)

One of the best-known experimental novels of the 1960s, Beautiful Losers is Cohen’ s most defiant and uninhibited work. The novel centres upon the hapless members of a love triangle united by their sexual obsessions and by their fascination with Catherine Tekakwitha, the 17th-century Mohawk saint.

By turns vulgar, rhapsodic, and viciously... Read more >
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The Favorite Game

Written by Leonard Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3362-1 (1-4000-3362-4)

In this unforgettable novel, Leonard Cohen boldly etches the youth and early manhood of Lawrence Breavman, only son of an old Jewish family in Montreal. Life for Breavman is made up of dazzling colour – a series of motion pictures fed through a high-speed projector: the half-understood death of his father... Read more >

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Poems and Songs

Written by Leonard Cohen


Format: Hardcover, 256 pages
Publisher: Everyman's Library
On Sale: April 5, 2011
Price: $14.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-59583-6 (0-307-59583-8)

A magnificent selection of song lyrics and poems from across the storied career of one of the most daring and affecting poet-ongwriters in the world.

In the more than half century since his first book of poems was published, Leonard Cohen has evolved into an international cult figure who transcends genres and... Read more >

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Stranger Music
Selected Poems and Songs
Written by Leonard Cohen


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: November 1, 1994
Price: $16.95
ISBN: 978-0-679-75541-8 (0-679-75541-1)

For the first time in paperback—the selected work of the legendary singer, poet, and performer. Stranger Music presents a magnificent cross-section of Cohen’s work—including 11 previously unpublished poems—and demonstrates definitively that Cohen is a writer of dazzling intelligence and a force that transcends genres. Read more >
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A Sunday at the Pool in Kigali

Written by Gil Courtemanche


Format: Trade Paperback, 272 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: October 12, 2004
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-1-4000-3434-5 (1-4000-3434-5)

“The novel of the year” is what La Presse called this extraordinary book, a love story that takes place in the days leading up to the 1994 genocide in Rwanda. A first work of fiction by one of French Canada’s most admired journalists, Gil Courtemanche, this humanist story of an unlikely... Read more >
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Mordecai
The Life & Times
Written by Charles Foran


Format: Trade Paperback, 800 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: July 5, 2011
Price: $21.95
ISBN: 978-0-676-97965-7 (0-676-97965-3)

Foran’s book is the definitive portrait of Mordecai Richler, the lion of Canadian literature, and the turbulent, changing times that nurtured him. It is also an extraordinary love story that lasted half a century.

Mordecai Richler won multiple Governor General’s Literary Awards, the Giller Prize, the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, among others, as... Read more >
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All the Anxious Girls on Earth
Stories
Written by Zsuzsi Gartner


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: June 20, 2000
Price: $12.00
ISBN: 978-0-385-49911-8 (0-385-49911-6)

All the Anxious Girls on Earth marks the debut of a startingly original literary voice. Zsuzsi Gartner's exuberant prose gives voice to unforgettable characters who survive by their wits as they cope with indifferent relationships, lackluster jobs, and the myriad curve-balls life throws their way.

A woman calls in fake bomb threats... Read more >
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The Shadow Queen
A Novel
Written by Sandra Gulland


Format: Hardcover, 336 pages
Publisher: Doubleday
On Sale: April 8, 2014
Price: $25.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-53752-0 (0-385-53752-2)

From the author of the beloved Josephine B. Trilogy, comes a spellbinding novel inspired by the true story of a young woman who rises from poverty to become confidante to the most powerful, provocative and dangerous woman in the 17th century French court: the mistress of the charismatic Sun King.

1660, Paris

Claudette’s... Read more >
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Benevolence

Written by Cynthia Holz


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage Canada
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $18.50
ISBN: 978-0-307-39890-1 (0-307-39890-0)

Cynthia Holz’s new novel is a spellbinding story that offers an intimate look at family, friendship and altruism, and unrolls a cast of characters you can’t help but root for even as you question some of the things they do.

Dr. Ben Wasserman, an organ transplant psychiatrist, is having trouble assessing a... Read more >
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Dr. Brinkley's Tower
A Novel
Written by Robert Hough


Format: Trade Paperback, 432 pages
Publisher: Steerforth
On Sale: January 1, 2013
Price: $16.99
ISBN: 978-1-58642-203-5 (1-58642-203-0)

The Governor General's Award -- Finalist

A riotous tale of love and lust, valor and villainy on the Mexican frontier of the 1930s.

Robert Hough’s vivid and wildly imaginative novel takes us to 1931 Mexico and Corazón de la Fuente, a war-ravaged border town where the only enterprise is a brothel in which... Read more >
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The Mark of the Angel
A Novel
Written by Nancy Huston


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: August 8, 2000
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70921-0 (0-375-70921-5)

This novel marks the stunning American debut of an internationally acclaimed writer. Combining the narrative drive of Birdsong with the emotional resonance of The Reader, The Mark of the Angel is a haunting and unforgettable tale of three lives woven together by longing, fate, and the weight of history.

The year is... Read more >

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Slow Emergencies
A Novel
Written by Nancy Huston


Format: Trade Paperback, 208 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2002
Price: $15.00
ISBN: 978-0-375-70920-3 (0-375-70920-7)

Nancy Huston, award-winning author of The Mark of the Angel, meditates on the conflict between life and art for a talented young dancer in her poetic new novel.

Lin Lhomond has a husband, two daughters, and close friends. But dance is both her profession and her passion. Inescapably, dance imposes itself upon... Read more >

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Sweet Agony
A Novel
Written by Nancy Huston


Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 7, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-71366-8 (0-375-71366-2)

On a snowy New England evening in a small college town, Sean Farrell—a hard-drinking, libidinous poet and professor—hosts a Thanksgiving dinner. The eleven guests include two fellow professors (one a novelist, the other also a poet), two of Sean’s former lovers, his lawyer, his housepainter, and his baker. What none of... Read more >
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