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The City Still Breathing

by (author) Matthew Heiti

Coach House Books
Initial publish date
Oct 2013
Literary, Canadian, Crime
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A body is found on the side of a highway. Naked, throat slashed, no identification. It disappears from the back of a police van and begins a strange odyssey, making its way, over the course of one early winter night, all around the northern town of Sudbury and through the lives and dreams of eleven very different people.

These eleven people Â? from the police officers who retrieve the body to the teenager who carries it away to the young waitrress planning to strike out for Toronto and Sudbury's local drug dealer Â? are all damaged in some way, and eventually, through the body itself, are brought together in a strange moment of violence.

‘Heiti’s Sudbury is a dark place, his characters caught between the desire to stay and the urge to flee … The City Still Breathing brings to life the strange, proud beauty of has-beens and also-rans in one relentlessly hard-luck town.’

National Post

About the author

Born in a meteor crater, Matthew Heiti holds a BFA in Acting from Ryerson University and an MA in Creative Writing from the University of New Brunswick. His plays have been workshopped and produced at theatres and festivals across Canada. Matthew runs the Playwrights’ Junction at the Sudbury Theatre Centre, a workshop for developing writers; and he serves as playwright-in-residence with Pat the Dog Theatre Creation where he coordinates PlaySmelter, the region’s festival of new play development. He is a Genie-nominated screenwriter and his first novel, The City Still Breathing, is published by Coach House Books. Matthew was named one of CBC’s Writers to Watch in 2014. He lives in Sudbury.

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