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A Beautiful Truth


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A thrilling work of fiction about our species, the meaning of family and the possibilities of love

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COLIN McADAM has written for Harper's and The Walrus. His novel Some Great Thing won the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and was nominated for the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for best first book, and for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize. His second novel, Fall, was shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and awarded the Paragraphe Hugh MacLennan Prize. A Beautiful Truth won the Rogers Writer's Trust Fiction Prize 2013. He lives in Toronto.


Praise for "A Beautiful Truth""McAdam's language reaches into that mysterious place where a word ends and a feeling begins." A Beautiful Truth" is a story about love and beauty and our dreams for our children and our inescapable loneliness. The characters, human and animal, are sad and honest and true. I could not put this novel down, and only when I finished it could I breathe again."--Kim Echlin, author of" The Disappeared ""A work of exquisite sensitivity and prowess, McAdams' tale is of two species astride not a divide but a continuum, of our longings and resiliencies and the fate we share: being stronger than we are evolved."--Alex Shakar, author of "Luminarium" "Haunting. Heartbreaking.... it is a tale of empathy and honesty, deftly told and beautifully rendered."--Will Ferguson, Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning author of "419" The portrayal of chimpanzees as individuals with memories isn't just a fictional device; the commonality of human and chimpanzee conceived here is achieved not by eliminating the traits that divide them but by illuminating the differences that unite them.... With concise language, this heartbreaking tale of loneliness and remembrance reminds us that understanding is a process of growth and experience."--"Library Journa"l, STARRED REVIEW "As brutal as it is compassionate, "A Beautiful Truth" collapses the gaps between humans and chimpanzees, bringing us ever closer to the recognition that what we do to the chimps in our care has the moral power to indict us or to set us free, for in so many ways they are us and we are them."--Matt Bell, author of "In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods" "[A] sure-handed and mature work, expertly weaving together shifts in voice and point of view and making use of a poetic language full of direct, sensual metaphors.... There are no platitudes about the power of love and our need to feel for one another, but rather an unde

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