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Fiction Family Life

East Grand Lake

by (author) Tim Ryan

University of Calgary Press
Initial publish date
May 2023
Family Life, 21st Century
  • Paperback / softback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    May 2023
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Shayne won’t get out of the car. It’s the summer of 1972 and the whole family has come up to Grandpa Murphy’s cottage for their annual trip. Three generations are out on the property, swimming, wandering through the forest, fixing up the clubhouse, getting ready to sing around the fire, and having a lovely time. And Shayne won’t get out of the car.

A novel in fourteen stories, East Grand Lake is a lovely, thoughtful, warm-hearted tale of life at the lake with a big family. Following the Murphy Clan from one evening to the next, Tim Ryan captures the many tiny, important dramas that occur simultaneously, sometimes invisibly, when everyone gets together. A pair of brothers hunt frogs. The girl cousins make a bid for supremacy. A boy is afraid of the end of the dock. Over one sun-soaked day, the Murphy family wrestles with grief, aging, betrayal, mental illness, and the many small fictions that occur when people share their lives.

Written with humour, compassion, and authenticity, East Grand Lake welcomes readers into the complex inner world of a large and loving family. This is a book for everyone who misses or wishes for summer vacation.

About the author

Contributor Notes

Tim Ryan works and plays in and around Calgary, Alberta. He lives with his wife and daughter, a bossy cat, and a curious rabbit. He is the winner of the AlbertaViews short story contest. Tim’s work has appeared in The Write Launch, The Prairie Journal, Prometheus Dreaming, and more. East Grand Lake is his first novel.