A NEW YORK TIMES NEW & NOTEWORTHY BOOK
“David Bergen’s command is breathtaking … His work belongs to the world, and to all time. He is one of our living greats.”—Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves
From the streets of Danang, Vietnam, where a boy falls in with a young American missionary, to fishermen lost off the islands of Honduras, to the Canadian prairies, where a teenage boy’s infatuation reveals his naiveté and an aging rancher finds himself smitten, the short stories in Here the Dark explore the spaces between doubt and belief, evil and good, obscurity and light. Following men and boys bewildered by their circumstances and swayed by desire, surprised by love and by their capacity for both tenderness and violence, and featuring a novella about a young woman who rejects the laws of her cloistered Mennonite community, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winner David Bergen’s latest deftly renders complex moral ambiguities and asks what it means to be lost—and how we might be found.
David Bergen has published eight novels and a collection of short stories. His work has been nominated for the Governor General’s Literary Award, the Impac Dublin Literary Award, and a Pushcart Prize. He won the Giller Prize for his novel The Time in Between. In 2018 he was given the Writers’ Trust Matt Cohen Award: In Celebration of a Writing Life. His latest novel is Stranger. He lives in Winnipeg.
Praise for David Bergen
“David Bergen’s command is breathtaking, and Stranger is a work of genius. There is not one sentence out of place in this book, not one missed stitch. This is a novel with the tension of The Road and the moral heft of The Power and the Glory. His work belongs to the world, and to all time. He is one of our living greats.”—Matthew Thomas, New York Times-bestselling author of We Are Not Ourselves
“The gorgeous lyricism of David Bergen’s latest novel recalls the atmosphere of Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea.”—Maclean’s
“Stranger is an engrossing human exploration of displacement and inequality. . . Bergen paints a dire reality that isn’t far off from the current state of affairs in the United States. Stranger feels like a caution, warning of the dangers of continued disunity and the growing rift from inequality.”—Toronto Star
“Inventive and electrifying. . . Skilled and gutsy. . . Brilliant and utterly convincing. . . [Stranger] reminds us that even in the best-known stories, something unexpected is always lurking, if you go deep enough.”—Globe & Mail
“David Bergen has written arguably his best novel. . . The book manages the rare feat of being profound and important but at the same time absolutely gripping.”—Quill & Quire
“At once grand and intimate, Stranger is an epic story with a very human heart.”—Rachel Giese, Chatelaine