The Antagonist by Lynn Coady

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A piercing epistolary novel, The Antagonist explores, with wit and compassion, how the impressions of others shape, pervert, and flummox both our perceptions of ourselves and our very nature.

Gordon Rankin Jr., aka “Rank,” thinks of himself as “King Midas in reverse”—and indeed misfortune seems to follow him at every turn. Against his will and his nature, he has long been considered—given his enormous size and strength—a goon and enforcer by his classmates, by his hockey coaches, and, not least, by his “tiny, angry” father. He gamely lives up to their expectations, until a vicious twist of fate forces him to flee underground. Now pushing forty, he discovers that an old, trusted friend from his college days has published a novel that borrows freely from the traumatic events of Rank’s own life. Outraged by this betrayal and feeling cruelly misrepresented, he bashes out his own version of his story in a barrage of e-mails to the novelist that range from funny to furious to heartbreaking.

With The Antagonist, Lynn Coady demonstrates all of the gifts that have made her one of Canada’s most respected young writers. Here she gives us an astonishing story of sons and fathers and mothers, of the rewards and betrayals of male friendship, and a large-spirited, hilarious, and exhilarating portrait of a man tearing his life apart in order to put himself back together.
 
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About Lynn Coady

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Lynn Coady is an award-winning writer, editor, and journalist. She was born on Cape Breton Island in Nova Scotia and now lives in Edmonton, Alberta. She is the author of Mean Boy, Play the Monster Blind, Saints of Big Harbour, and Strange Heaven.












Author Residence: Edmonton, Alberta, Canada












Author Hometown: Port Hawkesbury, Nova Scotia
 
Published January 22, 2013 by Vintage. 306 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction
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NY Journal of Books

Above average
Reviewed by A. J. Kirby on Jan 22 2013

I believe in The Antagonist because what Lynn Coady shows is a different kind of truth, an artistic truth...

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Good
Reviewed by ROBERT J. WIERSEMA on Sep 09 2011

Coady’s depiction of her male characters is far closer to the truth than most male readers of The Antagonist will be entirely comfortable admitting, to themselves or to the women in their lives.

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