Completed in 1930 while the author was living in Paris?imbibing and boxing with James Joyce and Ernest Hemingway?this novel has violence at its core. The story opens with the hanging of an ex-World War I soldier for involuntary murder. First and foremost, though, it is a story of love?a love haunted by that hanging.
Morley Callaghan lived in Paris during the golden years of Hemingway and Fitzgerald, but he spent most of his life in Toronto producing 15 novels, a memoir, and numerous short stories. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and received Canada's Governor General’s Award for Fiction. He died in 1990.
“If there is a better story writer in the world we don’t know where he is." —The New York Times
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