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The Antagonist

by Lynn Coady

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published: Aug 2011
ISBN:9781770890428
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From bestselling novelist Lynn Coady comes an unforgettable, unflinching story of a life gone wrong.

About the Author
Lynn Coady is an award-wining author and journalist. Her first novel, Strange Heaven, was nominated for the Governor General's Award, and in 2011, her novel The Antagonist was shortlisted for the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize, an award she won in 2013 for her short story collection Hellgoing. Coady lives in Toronto, where she writes for television.
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Awards
  • Commended, Washington Post Top 100 Noteable Books
  • Winner, Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction
  • Commended, Toronto Star Reviewers' Top 100 Books
  • Commended, Amazon.ca Best Books: Canadian Fiction
  • Commended, Globe and Mail Top 100 Book
  • Short-listed, Scotiabank Giller Prize
  • Commended, Amazon.ca Best Books: Editors' Pick
Editorial Reviews

...[a] clever and sympathetic exploration of male friendship.

— Washington Post

Unhinged at times, cathartic, lyrical and brave ... the reader must simply sit back and enjoy.

— Rabble

[Lynn Coady] is entering old-pro territory ...

— Malahat Review

The Antagonist is a crafty, technically-accomplished series of meditations on subjects ranging from manhood and self-knowledge to tricky father-son relationships.

— Vancouver Sun

A genuinely fascinating character [whose] emails evolve from clumsy rages to thoughtful, measured ruminations on crucial events in his life...But it is Coady’s ability to realistically portray his teens and university years and empathetically conduct his search for self that makes The Antagonist more than just entertainment.

— Booklist

... a stunning new novel. Coady's writing is witty and sensitive... this is a fantastic book that shouldn't be missed.

— Daily Beast/Newsweek

Smartly tuned and as unsettling as it intends to be...Coady expertly renders a man who's compelled to address his past but not entirely ready to look in the mirror [and her novel] is a caution to tread carefully.

— Kirkus

. . . by turns angry, funny, tender and sad . . . The Antagonist is a full-bodied work of fiction.

— Globe and Mail

Only a writer as wonderfully gifted as Lynn Coady could elicit such extraordinary sympathy for a character as full of self-destructive rage as Rank, her main character. You won't soon forget either him or this haunting novel.

— Richard Russo

. . . far more complex than the hilarious one-liners that make her work so irresistible to read.

— Edmonton Journal

... [a] strong new comic novel.

— Winnipeg Review

Sentence for sentence, Lynn Coady is one of the most dynamic prose stylists in Canadian letters.

— Walrus

. . . a richly comic creation . . . a revealing effort in cross-gender empathy.

— Montreal Gazette

. . . a readable, quixotic coming-of-age story, a comedy of very bad manners, and a thoughtful inquiry into the very nature of self. It’s the sort of novel -- and Coady the sort of writer -- deserving of every accolade coming to it.

— National Post

...sharp and very funny...the pathos and humor brought to a challenging life story will appeal to many readers.

— Publishers Weekly

The Antagonist could have not have come at a better time. In our fast, media-saturated world, this novel gives the reader the refreshing and increasingly rare opportunity to take a closer, more compassionate look at someone wrongly judged by his outer shell.

— Rover Arts

. . . thoroughly engrossing. . . a breathless and frequently hilarious narrative . . . one of the freshest voices in years.

— FASHION Magazine

In this coming-of-age tale, male friendships and relationships are explored in all their goofiness and complexity . . . [Lynn Coady is] one of Canada's best writers of fiction.

— Winnipeg Free Press

[Lynn Coady] has a hearty wit and a piercing understanding of human nature . . . [she] has made herself one of our essential writers.

— Quill & Quire

A deft blend of farce, tragedy and wry social comment, The Antagonist is no mean feat.

— Toronto Star

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Melanie Kindrachuk
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The Antagonist

I thought I might dislike this one but gave it a try as it is by Lynn Coady, after all. Thank goodness I did -- it's one of the best reads of my year so far.

Told in epistolary format -- a long series of emails from protagonist Rank to his antagonist, a former university friend -- it succeeds admirably. Revealing himself both by what he includes and leaves out of his emails, Rank becomes a character who demands sympathy and understanding.

It was really one of those reads that takes you over and forces you to live in its world until you finish the story (and even for a while afterwards...) I don't read a lot of "manly" books but this one was fabulous.

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