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Machine Without Horses

A Novel

by Helen Humphreys

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“One of the best—and most wonderfully experimental—historical fiction titles of the year. . . . Truly spectacular.” —Toronto Star

What is an ordinary life worth?

A seasoned writer stumbles across an obituary and imagination is sparked. The brief words of memoriam describe a woman who was both extraordinary—eccentric, revered in her field, a renowned expert—but also utterly ordinary. How does a writer, intrigued by all that isn’t said, create a story, or capture an unknowable woman and all the secret passions, choices and compromises that make up a life?

In Machine Without Horses, Helen Humphreys explores the real life and the imagined internal life of the famous and famously private salmon-fly dresser Megan Boyd, a craftswoman who worked for sixty years out of a bare-bones cottage in a small village in the north of Scotland. Humphreys, both present in the story and its architect, reveals with her inimitable style the complicated emotional landscape that can exist under even the most constant surface.

 

 

About the Author

Helen Humphreys

HELEN HUMPHREYS is an acclaimed and award-winning author of fiction, non-fiction and poetry. Her work includes the novel Machine Without Horses, The Evening Chorus, Coventry and Afterimage and her non-fiction includes The Ghost Orchard and The Frozen Thames, as well as the memoir Nocturne. She has won the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize and the Toronto Book Award, and she has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, the Trillium Book Prize, the Lambda Literary Award and CBC Radio’s Canada Reads. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Helen Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.

 

 

 
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Editorial Reviews

“[Humphreys’] impressive ability to tell a story through the ordinary actions of her characters makes reading Machine Without Horses an effortless pleasure.”

— <em>Winnipeg Free Press</em>

“A beautifully told story from start to finish and one of the most surprising books of the year.”

— Divine.ca

“Humphreys is one of this country’s most beautiful writers, and her books are often sparked by a single moment. This newest, for example, stems from an obituary, from which she creates a life story.”

— <em>Toronto Star</em>

“A life story in two moving parts, this gem of a novel is as unique as the woman who inspired it … Spinning a compelling tale that blends fact and fiction, [Humphreys] delivers a transcendent life-honouring work.”

— <em>Postmedia</em>

“In this ingenious mix of fiction and fact, Humphreys...meditates on the art of writing, how to bring a character to life as well as what matters and what doesn’t. Typical of Humphreys, the book is magical and mesmerizing and surprisingly, given the subject, deeply emotionally satisfying.”

— <em>NOW Magazine</em>

“One of the best — and most wonderfully experimental — historical fiction titles of the year … Humphreys is an extraordinary writer. Truly spectacular.”

— <em>Toronto Star</em>

“Humphreys is a consummate storyteller. . . . [She] is always meditating upon fiction as an art form and its ability to replicate life. Humphreys is not only a writer—she is a writer/critic in the tradition of the poet/critic, T.S. Eliot.”

— <em>Literary Review of Canada</em>

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