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Accusation

by Catherine Bush

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Selected as an Amazon.ca Best Book of 2013, a Canada Reads Top 40 Pick, and a NOW Magazine Book of the Year

While in Copenhagen, Sara Wheeler, a Toronto journalist, happens upon Cirkus Mirak, a touring Ethiopian children's circus. She later meets and is convinced to drive the circus founder, Raymond Renaud, through the night from Toronto to Montreal. Such chance beginnings lead to later fateful encounters, as renowned novelist Catherine Bush artfully confronts the destructive power of allegations.

With Accusation, Bush again proves herself one of Canada's finest authors as she examines the impossibility inherent in attempting to uncover "the truth." After a friend of Sara's begins work on a documentary about the circus, unsettling charges begin to float to the surface, disturbing tales of sexual and physical abuse at the hands of Raymond. Accounts and anecdotes mount, denunciations fly, and while Sara tries to untangle the narrative knots and determine what to believe, the concept of a singular (truth) becomes slippery. Her present search is simultaneously haunted by her past.

Moving between Canada, Ethiopia, and Australia, Accusation follows a network of lives that intersect with life-altering consequence, painfully revealing that the best of intentions can still lead to disaster, yet from disaster spring seeds of renewal and hope.

About the Author

Catherine Bush is the author of four novels, including the Canada Reads long-listed Accusation, the Trillium Award shortlisted Claire’s Head, and the national bestseller The Rules of Engagement — a New York Times Notable Book and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. Blaze Island will be her fifth novel.

Bush was recently a Fiction Meets Science Fellow at the HWK in Germany and is Associate Professor and Coordinator of the Creative Writing MFA at the University of Guelph. She lives in Toronto.

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Awards
  • Joint winner, Amazon.ca Best Books of 2013
  • Joint winner, Canada Reads Top 40 Pick
  • Joint winner, NOW Magazine Book of the Year
Editorial Reviews

"Catherine Bush is a novelist who gets deep into your head.... Through her novels... Bush has acquired a reputation as a writer's writer. With her new novel Accusation, one hopes she'll get the acclaim she deserves."

— <i>Cord Community</i>

"Accusation is a tale of risk told in an assured and accomplished voice: compelling, unsettling, haunting."

— <i>Buried in Print</i>

"[A] powerful reflection on the nature of allegations. ... tense, intimate mystery . . . characters so vivid they captivate from the first page. ... The story is rendered in Bush's elegant prose, delivering lyrical moments that leave an impact. The language is careful, the narration intimate. The writing flows uninterrupted by quotation marks, pulling the reader into the rhythm of Sara's questions, insights and frustrations. Accusation is a story of yearning: the desire to know, and the limitations of that knowledge."

— <i>PRISM Magazine</i>

"Bush not only writes vividly about Toronto and Africa, evoking the children's gymnastic talents with great energy, but she gets to the heart of journalism's essential dilemmas, too."

— <i>NOW Magazine</i>

"One of 2013's finest fiction offerings."

— <i>Salty Ink</i>

"Concentric circles spread steadily from the ethical dilemma at the novel's core, growing in depth and implication right up until a perfectly pitched and exquisitely surprising ending. Critical acclaim has never been in short supply for Bush, but there's a sense that Accusation, with a bit of good fortune, could also be her commercial breakthrough. ... Be assured that Accusation is that rare beast: a literary novel with the page-turning properties of the best genre fiction."

— Postmedia News

"The novel is a pager-turner in a way and a kind of detective story. Unlike most page-turners and much detective fiction, however, Bush's realistic prose narrative is almost totally focused on issues relevant to reader's lives. I recommend it highly."

— therecord.com

"A persistent tapping at the complexities of prejudice — the accusations we harbour in our hearts — brings an unnerving friction to Accusation.

— <i>The Globe and Mail</i>

"Bush has put her novelist's finger on something difficult and important."

— Susan Swan

"Bush's gift for crafting an impeccable phrase is more impressive than ever. ... Refusing to put her characters into cardboard compartments, Bush reflects the messy truth of real life. People are complicated blurs of conscience and cowardice. We run toward things as often as we run away from them. We gnash at old hurts even as we throttle forward. And Bush gets that."

— <i>Telegraph-Journal</i>

"While Accusation by Catherine Bush is a complex read, it is a great book exploring the nature of the human condition in the fast-paced era of ours. It is a book that needs to be read, thought over, and read again to completely understand the nature of our ways."

— inkwellbook.blogspot.ca

"Be assured that Accusation is that rare beast: a literary novel with the page-turning properties of the best genre fiction. View it from a slightly oblique angle, in fact, and it could almost be a crime novel of the Scandinanvian variety, Henning Mankell or Karen Fossum striding headlong into the murkier reaches of human motivation."

— <i>Montreal Gazette</i>

"Concentric circles spread steadily from the ethical dilemma at the novel's core, growing in depth and implication right up until a perfectly pitched and exquisitely surprising ending. Critical acclaim has never been in short supply for Bush, but there's a sense that Accusation, with a bit of good fortune, could also be her commercial breakthrough. ... Be assured that Accusation is that rare beast: a literary novel with the page-turning properties of the best genre fiction."

— <i>Calgary Herald</i>

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