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Accusation

by (author) Catherine Bush

Publisher
Goose Lane Editions
Initial publish date
Sep 2014
Category
Literary
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780864929006
    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price
    $32.95
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780864927804
    Publish Date
    Sep 2013
    List Price
    $11.99
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780864928504
    Publish Date
    Sep 2014
    List Price
    $21.95

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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

An accusation, regardless of truth, has its own life when let loose in the world.

Accusation, hailed by the Globe and Mail as "a psychological thriller . . . deeply considered, calm on the surface yet, on closer reading, full of ambiguities," again proves Bush to be one of Canada's finest authors. Examining the impracticability of determining "truth," Bush crafts a tale the Montreal Gazette believes "could almost be a crime novel of the Scandinavian variety, striding headlong into the murkier reaches of human motivation."

While in Copenhagen, journalist Sara Wheeler happens upon a touring Ethiopian circus. After a friend begins a documentary about the circus, unsettling charges begin to float to the surface — disturbing tales of sexual and physical abuse. Accounts and anecdotes mount, denunciations fly, and while we strive to untangle the narrative slipknots, the concept of "truth" begins to unravel.

Travelling from Canada to 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.

About the author

Catherine Bush is the author of five novels, including Blaze Island, the Canada Reads long-listed Accusation, the Trillium Award shortlisted Claire's Head, The Rules Of Engagement, a New York Times Notable Book and a L.A. Times Best Book of the Year, and Minus Time, shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award. She was recently a Fiction Meets Science Fellow at the HWK in Germany and has spoken internationally about addressing the climate crisis in fiction. She is Coordinator of the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA and can be found online at www.catherinebush.com. She lives in Toronto.

Catherine Bush's profile page

Awards

  • Joint winner, Canada Reads Top 40 Pick
  • Joint winner, Amazon.ca Top Book
  • Joint winner, NOW Magazine Book of the Year

Editorial Reviews

"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>Globe and Mail</i>

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

Susan Swan

"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>

"In this tense, intimate mystery, Bush examines the relationship between guilt and perception, using characters so vivid they captivate from the first page."

<i>PRISM International</i>

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

Susan Swan

"Refusing to put her characters into cardboard compartments, Bush reflects the messy truth of real life."

<i>Telegraph-Journal</i>

"A compelling novel that is an exploration of the complex ethical arena of accusations... Accusation is also an homage to the transformative powers of the circus, the beauty and possibility of beginning again."

<i>Vancouver Sun</i>

"At the heart of Accusation — and the source of its suspense — is the desire to see justice done in a situation where truth is elusive."

Anne Michaels

"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

"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>

"One of 2013's finest fiction offerings."

<i>Salty Ink</i>

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

<i>Buried in Print</i>

"Utterly compelling and readable... Catherine Bush draws us inexorably into a world marked by secrets, complicity, the unknown, and ultimately hope."

Gil Adamson

"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>

"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

"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>

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