Consolation by Michael Redhill
A Novel

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From the award-winning author of "Martin Sloane" and "Fidelity" comes a riveting story of two families in different centuries--one searching for the past, the other creating a record of it.
 

About Michael Redhill

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Michael Redhill is the publisher and one of the editors of Brick, a literary magazine, and the author of the novel Martin Sloane, a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize, and the short story collection Fidelity. He has also written four poetry collections, including Asphodel, published in 1997, and Light-Crossing, published in 2001. His most recent works for the theatre are "Goodness" and "Building Jerusalem," winner of a Dora Award. Consolation, Redhill's second novel, was shortlisted for the 2007 Toronto Book Award. In an interview with the "Edmonton Journal," he described how he was inspired by a real photograph taken in thirteen parts in the winter of 1856 as part of a campaign to entice Queen Victoria to choose the city as the capital of pre-Confederation Canada: "I knew there was something in the pictures I wanted to write about. But the more I scribbled things down, the more I began to recognize a resonance between that dead city, no stitch of which exists anymore, and modern Toronto. The attitude and striving is still prevalent." He adds: "It's a strange, self-loathing city that at the same time is constantly striving to be world class and noticed. The city never tends to think about its own needs; it thinks about what other people might find impressive." Michael Redhill lives with his partner and their two sons in France. "From the Hardcover edition.
 
Published January 10, 2007 by Little, Brown and Company. 482 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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The death of a prominent but scandalized scholar prompts a search for a photographic record of early Toronto in Redhill's second novel (Martin Sloane, 2002), in which narrative leaps between the 19th and 20th centuries.

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In this novel, an archaeologist’s widow hopes to recover lost photos of 19th-century Toronto.

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Publishers Weekly

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Redhill's signature poetic touch and finely drawn characters are on display in his second novel (after story collection Fidelity and novel <EMPHASIS TYPE=IT

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A tale of Toronto, past and present.

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Redhill's depiction of Toronto turns the city into a character, full of mystery, toil and sorrow underneath its modern varnish.

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