Two love stories, one past, one present, mirror each other in this highly acclaimed story of ambition, sex, memory and marriage. Set in small-town Ontario -- vintage Matt Cohen territory -- Elizabeth and After is rich in insights about human foibles and aspirations, and an unforgettable portrait of a place and the people who live there.
Matt Cohen won the 1999 Governor General’s Award for Fiction for his last novel, Elizabeth and After, which was recently long listed for the prestigious International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. He was born in Kingston, Ontario, where he lived for part of each year, not far from the fictional setting of many of his novels, including Elizabeth and After. Since 1969 he published over 20 books, including novels, short stories, poetry, translations, and several books for children under the pseudonym Teddy Jam. He is a recipient of the Toronto Arts Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. His penultimate novel, the critically acclaimed Last Seen, was short-listed for the Trillium Award and 1997 Governor General’s Award. Matt Cohen died in December 1999 at the age of 56.
"Elizabeth and After constantly surprises with its compassion and generosity, and its luminous appreciation of landscape and community." -- Governor General's Award Juror's Citation
"A superb piece of storytelling." -- Saturday Night
"A mature, funny, engaging ... wonderful novel ... that nails you to the chair cushions (or bed pillows) from start to finish."-- The Edmonton Journal
"A novel with the power to remind readers why they read fiction in the first place ... It comes at age-old sorrow and joys from a new angle, and so serves as a reminder that the most astonishing of miracles is simply to be alive." -- Maclean's