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The Vow

by Morley Callaghan, foreword by Jane Urquhart

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publisher: Exile Editions
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Luke is not yet 12 when his father dies of a heart attack, leaving him an orphan. Small for his age and something of a loner, Luke goes to live with his Uncle Henry and Aunt Helen in Collingwood on Georgian Bay, where Uncle Henry has a saw mill on the edge of town. The practical Uncle Henry sees that the family dog, Dan, is old and lame and no longer useful, and he concludes the dog should be destroyed. Luke, whose sense of dignity and loyalty transcend the practical, fights to save his dog, and in his struggle, he comes to a better understanding not only of Uncle Henry, but of the expedient world of adults.

About the Authors

Morley Callaghan

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Jane Urquhart

JANE URQUHART was born in the far north of Ontario. She is the author of eight internationally acclaimed novels, among them The Underpainter, winner of the Governor General’s Award and a finalist for the Orange Prize; Away, winner of the Trillium Book Award; and The Stone Carvers, a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award and the Man Booker Prize. Her work, which is published in many countries, has been translated into numerous languages. Urquhart has received the Marian Engel Award and the Harbourfront Festival Prize. She is a chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres in France and is an Officer of the Order of Canada. Her most recent novel, The Night Stages, was published in 2015. Urquhart lives in southeastern Ontario with her husband, artist Tony Urquhart.

SCOTT MCKOWEN is an award-winning illustrator and graphic designer. He works in scratchboard, an engraving medium in which white lines are carved into a black surface with a sharp blade. McKowen has illustrated a number of titles for a wide range of publishers. Based in Stratford, Ontario, he operates the design studio Punch & Judy Inc., which creates theatre posters and graphics for leading performance art companies across North America.

 

 

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Contributor Notes

Morley Callaghan was the author of 15 novels, including A Time For Judas, Its Never Over, Strange Fugitive, and Such Is My Beloved. He was nominated for the Nobel Prize in Literature and received a host of honors in Canada, including the Governor General's Award for Fiction. Jane Urquhart is a poet and author of numerous articles and books, including The Whirlpool and Away.

Editorial Reviews

"A single vision encompasses these people in all their self-contradictions, betrayals, nobility, bewilderment . . . every pattern leads out into a larger atmosphere of mercy and wonder."  —Margaret Avison


"The story poses in opposition disinterested love and practical use and teaches how 'love' must be flawed by 'use,' and how love must be preserved in a world set to destroy it."  —Commonwealth Literature

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