A Good Man
by Guy Vanderhaeghe
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Pub Date 13 Sep 2011 | Archive Date 01 Sep 2012
Multi-award-winning author Guy Vanderhaeghe's eagerly awaited new novel
is a dazzling follow up to his bestselling The Englishman's Boy
and The Last Crossing (a Canada Reads winner!).
A Good Man culminates what could be thought of as a trilogy of books set in the late nineteenth-century Canadian and American West, and it is a masterpiece. Vanderhaeghe skilfully weaves a rich tapestry of history with the turns of fortune of his most vividly and compellingly drawn cast of characters yet. Vanderhaeghe entwines breathtaking, intriguing, and richly described narratives that contain a compelling love story, a tale of revenge and violence, a spectacular battle scene, the story of an incident in Welsely's past that threatens his relationship with Ada, and much, much more. While raising moral questions, this novel weaves the historical with the personal and stands as Vanderhaeghe's most accomplished and brilliant novel to date.
GUY VANDERHAEGHE was born in Esterhazy, Saskatchewan, in 1951. His previous fiction includes The Last Crossing, The Englishman's Boy, Things as they Are (stories), Homesick, My Present Age, The Trouble With Heroes, Man Descending (stories). Among the many awards he has received are the Governor General's Awards (twice), The Pierre Elliot Trudeau Prize, the Writers' Trust Timothy Findley Award, and the Harbourfront Literary Prize, all for a body of work. He has received many honours including the Order of Canada. (Author photo credit: Grant McConnell)
Praise for The Last Crossing
A Best Book of the Year, Boston Globe
A Best Book of the Year, San Francisco Chronicle
A Best Book of the Year, Chicago Tribune
A Best Book of the Year, San Jose Mercury News
A Best Book of the Year, St. Louis Post Dispatch
A Best Book of the Year, Quill & Quire
A Best Book of the Year, Publishers Weekly
2004 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Nominee (longlist)
Winner of Canada Reads 2004
Winner of the Saskatoon Book Award
Winner of the Saskatchewan Book Awards for Fiction and for
Book of the Year
Winner of the Canadian Booksellers Association Libris Award for Fiction Book of the Year
Commonwealth Writers Prize, regional finalist
“One powerful, beautiful, and heartbreaking novel.” — San Franciso Chronicle
“Rarely are today’s hungry readers invited to such a feast of a book. . . . Here are brilliant writing, picaresque adventure, plot twists, history and studies of human nature. . . . The Last Crossing deserves honours and the widest readership. Guy Vanderhaeghe, one of North America’s best writers, is at the top of his form.” — Annie Proulx
“Bristles with rare vitality.” — Sunday Telegraph
“There’s no putting this book down….Masterful.” — The Gazette (Montreal)
“The Last Crossing is Vanderhaeghe’s masterpiece, as important a novel to this country as Ian McEwan’s Atonement was to Britain — and better conceived and executed at that.” — National Post
“Stuffed with enough goodies to keep us entertained for days.” — New York Times Book Review
“The Last Crossing is assured and impassioned, brutal and tender, a convincing re-creation of its milieu, a sharp portrait of its characters…As always, Vanderhaeghe’s muscular prose is a pleasure to read.” — The Washington Post Book World