In his major new novel, The Friends of Meager Fortune, Richards explores the dying days of the lumber industry in the mid-twentieth century. This is a transfixing love story of betrayal, envy, and sexual jealousy, which builds to a tragically inevitable climax. It is also a devastating portrait of a pre-mechanized time, and a brilliant commemoration of the passing of a world. Rich with all the passion, ambition and almost mythic vision that defines David Adams Richards' work, The Friends of Meager Fortune is a profound and important book about the hands and the heart; about true greatness and true weakness; about the relentlessness of fate and the evil that men and women do. Wise, stark, and without a false word in it, it cements David Adams Richards' claim to be the finest novelist at work in Canada today.
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"Richards is a painfully sharp observer, who possesses one of the most distinct and compelling voices in contemporary literature." – Toronto Star
"Richards has a wonderful ear for the cadence of the language, and his compassion for his poorest characters' misery is infectious...the best of Richards' work is dark in tone, both harshly realistic and lyrically sympathetic to the most disadvantaged members of society." – The Globe and Mail
"...stark and affecting...Richards shows how powerfully the novel can operate as a mode of moral exploration a fact sometimes forgotten in the age of postmodern irony." – Publishers Weekly
"Wit and acuity mark out this Canadian writer of unaffected, unsentimental integrity." – The Observer (U.K.)About the Author:
David Adams Richards, twice winner of the Governor General's Award and co-winner of the Giller Prize, is one of Canada's most compelling and original writers. In addition, many of his novels have been adapted to film. He has been compared to John Steinbeck, Thomas Hardy, and Dostoyevsky for the way in which he is able to deal with eternal themes of ambition, love, honor and betrayal, while bringing to life in warm and passionate detail the small sea-faring communities of the Atlantic coast.
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