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Pulitzer Prize winner and PEN/Faulkner Award winner for
Independence Day, Richard Ford has become one of my favorite authors. 
Somehow good writers tell a story with so much human reality that,
before the reader even knows it, he/she is drawn in to the stories of
ordinary people having extraordinary life encounters.  Canada is such a
story.  Dell Parsons, now in his sixties and a school teacher, is
looking back on the life that brought him to the place he now is.  His
father, Bev Parsons, thirty-seven and retired from the Air Force, moves
the family to Great Falls, Montana in the late fifties.  Bev is a
dreamer with no clue on how to make his way through life, let alone
support a wife and two children.  One job after another fails until,
finally, he trumps up a scheme to sell stolen beef .  Unable to pay off
the Indians who supply the beef, he becomes desperate and decides to rob
a bank.  If you were in Bev's shoes, you probably would be able to feel
the success of this scheme, to understand the reasoning. But, because
you are the reader, you see and feel what's in store for Bev, his wife,
Neeva (who goes along with his scheme) and his two children. What
happens next to young Dell, as he avoids becoming a ward of the state,
is a story of survival in a back roads town of Saskatchewan among
disreputable characters who are also trying to escape from lives created
by poor choices. It seems so unlikely that this teenage boy could
survive among such rough characters and in such sparse living
conditions.  But survive he does, seeing his own life unfold through
un-jaded eyes, feeling the fright, feeling the cold, living the pain and
barely hanging on.
Richard Ford delivers such concise, morally-packed, beautifully
crafted prose, that getting lost in his books is as easy as falling off a
log in mid- stream.

— Karen L

June 2012 Indie Next List


“Canada, Richard Ford's long-awaited new novel, is not one to be rushed. While the plot sounds sensational -- robbery, murders, a flight across the Canadian border -- Ford's laconic, measured prose forces the reader to slow the pace and savor the story. This is a novel about actions, intentions, and consequences as well as about belonging, introspection, and the solitary nature of life. Powerful and atmospheric, Canada will excite and gratify Ford's fans and introduce newcomers to a masterful American writer.”
— Tova Beiser, Brown University Bookstore, Providence, RI

Product Details
ISBN: 9782757845240
ISBN-10: 2757845241
Publisher: Contemporary French Fiction
Publication Date: August 3rd, 2014
Language: French
 

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