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Canada
RICHARD FORD

Canada by Richard Ford
777 reviews (2012) (432p)
New York Times 100 Notable Books of 2012 #1
Kirkus Reviews Best Fiction of 2012: The Top 25 #1
ALA Notable Books - Fiction #1
Barnes & Noble Best Books of 2012: Adult Fiction (25) #14
Washington Post Top 10 Books of 2012 #1

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Book Description

"First, I'll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then about the murders, which happened later."

Then fifteen-year-old Dell Parsons' parents rob a bank, his sense of normal life is forever altered. In an instant, this private cataclysm drives his life into before and after, 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 Dell 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 cool reserve masks a dark and violent nature.

Undone by the calamity of his parents' robbery and arrest, Dell struggles under the vast prairie sky to remake himself and define the adults he thought he knew. But his search for grace and peace only moves him nearer to 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, both resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic.


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Richard Ford Award Stats
Major Prize* Nominations 7  
Unique Books Nominated for a Major Prize* 5  
Pulitzer Prize Wins 1 Independence Day ·  
Pulitzer Prize Nominations 2 Independence Day · Let Me Be Frank With You: A Frank Bascombe Book ·  
National Book Critics Circle Award Wins 0  
National Book Critics Circle Award Nominations 2 Independence Day · The Lay of the Land ·  
National Book Award Wins 0  
National Book Award Nominations 0  
Man Booker Prize Wins 0  
Man Booker Prize Nominations 0  
PEN/Faulkner Award Wins 1 Independence Day ·  
PEN/Faulkner Award Nominations 2 Independence Day · The Sportswriter ·  

*Major Prize = Pulitzer Prize, National Book Critics Circle Award, National Book Award, Man Booker Prize, and PEN/Faulkner Award

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