From the acclaimed writer of the beloved Clara Callan comes a memorable new novel about first loves, love-after-love, and the end of things, set during summer in Quebec City.
James Hillyer, a retired university professor whose life was evocatively described in Wright's novel October
, is now barely existing after the death of his beloved daughter in her forties. On a whim, he tries to locate the woman he fell in love with so many years ago on a summer trip to Quebec and through the magic of the Internet he is able to find her. But Odette’s present existence seems to be haunted by ghosts from her own past, in particular, the tough ex-con Raoul, with his long-standing grievances and the beginnings of dementia. The collision of past and present leads to violence nobody could have predicted and alters the lives of James and Odette forever.
skillfully captures the way in which our past is ever-present in our minds as we grow older, casting its spell of lost loves and the innocent joys of youth over the realities of aging and death. The novel is skillfully grounded in observation, propelled by unforgettable characters, and filled with wisdom about young love and old love. Drawing on the author’s profound understanding of the intimate bonds between men and women, Nightfall
is classic Richard B. Wright.
Praise for Richard B. Wright’s Nightfall:
“This is a haunting, beautiful story of what might have been and what still can be, even in the face of tragedy.” —Publishers Weekly
“The novel is gracefully composed . . . [and] full of masterful scenes”
—The Globe and Mail
Praise for Richard B. Wright’s Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard:
Shortlisted for the 2011 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, Canada and Caribbean Best Book
“A writer of insatiable curiosity and intelligence who just happens to have perfect pitch for dialogue and nuance. These qualities have made Richard Wright one of Canada’s top literary talents and Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard yet another total delight to read.” —The Toronto Star
“An immensely entertaining romp . . . Lizzy’s story and Aerlene’s story are wonderfully funny and suspenseful and absorbing … Wright is a gifted storyteller and in Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard he’s at his absolute storytelling best.” —Winnipeg Free Press
“Wright’s gifts as a novelist, notably here his ability to craft extraordinarily believable female characters, remain in full swing, as do his eternal interests, including his intense exploration of his characters’ interior lives
. . . Mr. Shakespeare’s Bastard is a smartly paced, lively and Shakespearean story of the many-splendoured varieties of love . . . Throughout this lovely novel, Linny, the plain daughter of a pretty mother, shows her resemblance to her father in everything from the cast of her brow to her insight into the human heart.” —Maclean’s
“A masterful novel . . . confirms his ability to evoke an authentically female sensibility.” —The Montreal Gazette
“Wright gives the reader the gift of a gorgeously portrayed 17th century London . . . its hustle and bustle, its dastardly thieves and its crowded marketplaces are vividly recreated in this captivating novel. Wright is such a lovely writer; his story unfolds and before you know it, you’re hooked. The glimpses of Shakespeare are irresistible . . . Wright’s characters are splendid. This little novel lives up to Wright’s previous successes and gives readers a delightful foray into England in the 17th century.” —The Vancouver Sun
Length: 192 pages (hc)
Publication date: May 2016
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||Richard B. Wright is the author of twelve novels and a book for children. His fiction has been published in Canada, the U.S. and Europe and has won various awards including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.