Over the course of the evening following the burial of his older brother, David, Simon and his partner, Faye, struggle to reconcile their pasts through the prism of the brother who brought them together, but who also drove them apart. A flood of memory of childhoods in Canada and the Caribbean, of youthful hopes and adult choices swirls about this haunting multi-layered novel about the shifting nature of love and belonging.
Nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award
About the author
Tessa McWatt is an acclaimed author whose work includes novels for adults and young people. Her fiction has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the City of Toronto Book Awards and the OCM Bocas Prize. Most recently, she published the novel Higher Ed and co-edited Luminous Ink: Writers on Writing in Canada with Rabindranath Maharj and Dionne Brand. She is the author of the forthcoming Shame on Me: An Anatomy of Race and Belonging, an analysis of the race debate from a personal perspective. She is also a librettist and professor of creative writing at the University of East Anglia. Where Are You, Agnes? is her first picture book.
"Dragons Cry is a lyrical evocation of history and memories drawn from characters that move between places and cultures. McWatt explores a fractured family with sympathy and courage." The Governor General's Literary Awards Fiction Jury -- "Tessa McWatt showed a ton of promise in her first novel, Out of My Skin, but nothing to prepare us for such an exquisite follow-up. Dragons Cry is complex, subtle, emotionally rich an dvery smart...This is a small-press book that deserves major attention." NOW Magazine -- A story told in deceptively simple, often beautifully turned fragments becomes a yearning, complex, lyrical whole. Dragons Cry is passionate, moving, and true. Ronan Bennett