Tom Buzby is thirteen years old and lives in Chatham. Set in the year that real newspaper headlines told of the rise of Reagan and North America’s hard turn to the right, 1979 is a novel of innocence not so much lost as smashed, and experience gained the hard way, the kind that brands memories forever and permanently changes lives.
Ray Robertson is the author of the seven novels Home Movies, Heroes, Moody Food, Gently Down the Stream, What Happened Later, David, and I Was There the Night He Died, as well as three collections of non-fiction, Mental Hygiene: Essays on Writers and Writing, Why Not?: Fifteen Reasons to Live, and most recently, Lives of the Poets (with Guitars). He grew up in Chatham, Ontario, and now lives in Toronto.
Praise for Ray Robertson
“Sharp-tongued ... as Robertson ponders family and home as well as ‘what it means to love someone and to lose someone and to have to go on living anyway,’ he presents an intriguing character whose very real troubles are offset by bright flashes of hope.”—Publishers Weekly
“I Was There the Night He Died, [Ray Robertson’s] seventh novel, is an absorbing and hilarious read, despite the most tragic of narratives ... filled with sly wit and keen observation ... an exceptional novel by one of the country’s finest literary voices.”—The National Post
“Problems increasingly familiar to baby boomers embroider Ray Roberston’s I Was There the Night He Died — aging and ill parents; the prevalence of Alzheimer’s; difficult relatives, and the attendant duties of ushering them out of this world.”—Minneapolis Star-Tribune
“An uplifting read ... the style is writerly, self-conscious and poignant ... a redemptive story about love despite the prevalence and certainty of death.”—The Globe & Mail
“Ray Robertson returns with a novel that considers themes of death, loss, and self-harm, all presented with a folk singer’s slouched but sturdy backbone and a cowboy’s loaded smile ... If there’s one thing Robertson gets just right, it’s heartbreak.”—Quill & Quire