book | Fiction | 2012
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Winner of the Prix Femina in France 2013
The distinguished modern American master and Pulitzer-Prize winning author makes his Ecco debut with this haunting and elemental novel about a young man forced by catastrophic circumstance to reconcile himself to a world that has been rendered unrecognizable.
“First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later. “
When fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons’ parents rob a bank, his sense of a happy, knowable life is forever shattered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life across a threshold that can never be uncrossed.
His parents’ arrest and imprisonment mean a threatening and uncertain future for Dell and his twin sister, Berner. Willful and burning with resentment, Berner flees their home in Montana, abandoning her brother and her life. But Del is not completely alone. A family friend intervenes, spiriting him across the Canadian border, in hopes of delivering him to a better life. There, afloat on the prairie of Saskatchewan, Dell is taken in by Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and charismatic American, whose suave reserve masks a dark and violent nature.
Undone by the calamity of his parents’ robbery and arrest, Del struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew and loved. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer a harrowing and murderous collision with Remlinger, an elemental force of darkness.
A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision from one of our greatest writers, Canada is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare elegant prose, resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic.
Helen Manders manages the translation rights for Canada
The audio rights are handled by Liz Farrell.
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One of his generation's most eloquent voices.Michiko Kakutani
The New York Times
Washington Post Book World
Richard Ford is a great American writer. Ruby Cutolo
Publishers Weekly Full Review
“[R]obust and powerful… [Canada] goes deeper than the spectacle of trauma. Mr. Ford is able to tap into something momentous and elemental about the profound moral chaos behind the actions of seemingly responsible people… the writing is clean and stripped-down… By depicting tragedies without deep roots in reason or purpose, Mr. Ford has dramatized the frightening discovery of the world's anarchic heart. Sam Sacks
The Wall Street Journal Full Review
The Boston Globe Full Review
Canada is Ford's first appearance on the new-book shelf in six years. In every way, it was worth the wait.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch Full Review
Star Tribune Full Review
The Guardian Full Review
The Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
Richard Ford returns with one of his most powerful novels yet. Canada is Richard Ford’s best book since Independence Day. Michael Gorra
The Daily Beast Full Review
Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Foyles Full Review
the New Yorker
Canada is a masterwork by one of our finest writers working at the top of his form. Andre Dubus III
The New York Times Book Review Full Review
Richard Ford's Canada wins the Athens Prize for Literature
Jojo Moyes, Richard Ford and Donna Tartt are Swedish Bestsellers
Canada wins the Prix Femina in France
Canada & Mind of Winter are finalists for the Prix Femina in France
Curtis Brown authors featured on summer reading lists
Richard Ford’s Canada wins the Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction
The Guardian's Big Novels of 2012
Curtis Brown authors on summer reading lists