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The Peter Behrens Novels Ebook Bundle

The Law of Dreams, The O’Briens, and Carry Me

by (author) Peter Behrens

House of Anansi Press Inc
Initial publish date
Jun 2020
Historical, Literary
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    Publish Date
    Jun 2020
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An exclusive ebook bundle of Governor General’s Literary Award–winning author Peter Behrens’ acclaimed novels.

Winner of the Governor General's Award for Fiction, The Law of Dreams follows Fergus O'Brien from Ireland to Liverpool and Wales during the Great Potato Famine of 1847, and then beyond to a harrowing Atlantic crossing to Montreal. On the way, Fergus loses his family, discovers a teeming world beyond the hill farm where he was born, and experiences three great loves. Gorgeously written, Peter Behrens’ bestselling novel is Homeric in scope and haunting in its depiction of a young man's perilous journey from innocence to experience.

The O’Briens follows the family from The Law of Dreams two generations later: Joe O’Brien is coming of age in a new century in remote Pontiac County, Quebec, with his two brothers and two sisters by his side. Their father has abandoned the family and died in the South African war; their frail mother has remarried the abusive and lecherous Mick Heaney. Joe and his siblings escape the poverty and violence of the Pontiac, but as Joe travels the continent, building a business and a bright young family with his wife, Iseult, he is never quite able to leave his past behind.

Carry Me, winner of the Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature, begins in 1909 on the Isle of Wight, England, and follows Billy Lange, the son of the skipper of a racing yacht belonging to a wealthy German-Jewish baron, as he embarks on a complex love affair and faces the horrors of two world wars.

About the author

Peter Behrens’s first novel, The Law of Dreams, won the Governor General’s Award for Fiction and has been published in nine languages. His collection of short stories, Travelling Light, was reissued in 2013. The New York Times called his second novel, The O’Briens (2011), "a major achievement." Carry Me, his third novel, appeared in 2016. His stories and essays have appeared in the Atlantic Monthly, the New York Times, Tin House, Brick, Best Canadian Stories, Best Canadian Essays and many anthologies. Behrens is a native of Montreal and was educated at Lower Canada College, Concordia University, and McGill. He has held a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in Creative Writing at Stanford University and was a 2015-16 Fellow at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study.

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