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Elizabeth and After

Penguin Modern Classics Edition

by Matt Cohen

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category: Fiction
published: Aug 2017
ISBN:9780735273726
publisher: Knopf Canada
imprint: Vintage Canada
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Winner of the Governor General Award for Fiction, Elizabeth and After is a final parting gift from the talented Matt Cohen, delivering this haunting tale of love, loss, family and grief.

     Ever since the death of his mother, Elizabeth McKelvey, Carl McKelvey has been away from his small-town home of West Gull for three years. When his father, William, steals a car and lands in the middle of Dead Swede Lake, Carl comes back home to pick up the pieces. But Carl's homecoming is anything but joyful, as he confronts the past he tried to run from: the guilt he holds over his role in his mother's death, his fractured relationship with his ex-wife Chrissy, and his daughter Lizzie, whom he hopes to reconcile and reconnect with. At the center of it all is Elizabeth, a woman whose death reveals secrets of her own.

About the Author
Matt Cohen was born in Kingston, Ontario. He received his master's degree from the University of Toronto and in the late 1960s, he taught political philosophy at McMaster University. Between 1969 and 1999, he published more than 20 books, including novels, short stories, poetry, and two books for children -- an impressive body of work that drew him international admiration and garnered him the Toronto Arts Award. During career he was winner of the Governor Generals' Award for Fiction, a two-time winner of the National Magazine Award for short fiction and was a recipient of the John Glassco Translation Prize. He was also a founding member of the Writers' Union of Canada
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Shortly before his death in December 1999, MATT COHEN won the Governor General's Award for Elizabeth and After (his final novel) and the Harbourfront Festival Prize in honour of his life as a writer. In 1998 he received the Toronto Arts Award for writing. He is the author of thirteen novels as well as poetry, short stories, books for children and works of translation from French into English.

Editorial Review

"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

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