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The Carpenter: A Novel [Hardcover]

Matt Lennox
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Feb. 28 2012
The Carpenter is set in a God-fearing small Ontario town in the 1980s, a town rife with secrets, grudges passed through the generations and an undercurrent of criminal behaviour. Lee King, the carpenter, is returning after a lengthy stay in maximum-security prison to a community that still recalls his horrendous crime. His mother is dying, and he wants to see her and his sister Donna after so many years. But things are still not quite right in the town as Stan Maitland, the retired cop, knows. Not only does he vividly remember Lee’s unexplained violence from years before, he is also caught up in a mysterious new death. He has just found the body of a young woman, Judy Lacroix, in a car at the abandoned drive-in on the edge of town. Stan can’t help getting involved, though his policing days are long over. And what about Lee King—will he ever understand where his violent streak comes from? When Lee finally faces who he is, the lives of his family are once again overturned. A suspenseful, darkly humorous, emotionally engaging work, The Carpenter is a powerful debut novel. Like Dennis Lehane, Matt Lennox is completely at home in the back alleys and dark corners of small-town life—and of the human heart.

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“A masterful novel about crime, our need for atonement, the harsh price of loyalty and the search for family love, powerful and engrossing.”
David Adams Richards
 
“Utterly convincing and compelling – a novel with immense depth of place, peopled with characters trying to forgive those who seek redemption. Matt Lennox has made a moving, moral and true book.” Michael Winter
 
“Matt Lennox is a forceful and vigorous new voice on the Canadian literary scene. With intelligence and marvellous assurance, in prose direct yet incantatory, he peels open lives in small-town Ontario.  He’s a born storyteller who, once he gets you in his grip, won’t let you go.” Catherine Bush

About the Author

Born in Orillia, Ontario, MATT LENNOX first pursued a military career, becoming a captain in the Canadian army, where he was posted to Afghanistan between 2008 and 2009. He wrote many of the stories in his first collection, Men of Salt, Men of Earth, there. It was published in 2009 and was shortlisted for the 2010 ReLit Award (the title story had been previously published in Best Canadian Stories in 2006). He lives in Toronto and is completing an MFA at Guelph-Humber.

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5.0 out of 5 stars An intense read March 27 2012
By Mabbo
Format:Hardcover
Telling a good story requires more than just details, and the author has understood that well. The scene, the characters, everything about the story- it isn't just being told to the reader, it's being felt by the reader. I want to say that it's an emotional read, but I'm not implying that this is a book about romance, or some other visible, active emotion. The emotions in this story are the rest of the spectrum- the parts the characters don't really understand about themselves, but experience anyways. Reading it is an odd experience- knowing and feeling these things the characters are experiencing, but not really understanding it yourself either.

It's not a book you can just sit down and read in an afternoon. Rather, it's one you'll read for an hour, then spend a while unable to sleep while you wrestle with demons that fictional people have. It sticks with you, which in my mind marks it as well worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great read Aug. 13 2012
By Miss Abbott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
A slightly slow start but throughout the book I was always wondering about another piece to the puzzle of this novel and putting it all together, which I enjoyed. As things came together it lead to a very well done ending.
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