“Trevor Cole has written an Ordinary People
for the 21st century.”
“Cole’s writing is reminiscent of that of Carol Shields: he can be hilariously funny and profoundly serious at the same time. . . . He not only cares about what’s right in front of him, he makes his readers care too.”
— Montreal Gazette
“Impressive — funny, absorbing. . . . beautifully authentic.”
— Winnipeg Free Press
“The Fearsome Particles
is a workplace comedy enveloped by human tragedy, a sympathetic study of postwar trauma played to the laugh track of finely observed farce. . . . Pitch-perfect.”
— John Allemang
“Humour that comes froma deeper, more satisfying place . . . . The book soars.” — Quill & Quire
“The novel is well-plotted, smart and perceptive, and very funny much in the same way that Kingsley Amis’s mature work was darkly humorous even at its most mordant . . . . Cole is one of the best young novelists in this country.”
— Globe and Mail
“With writing like this, Trevor Cole is quickly gaining a reputation as a major talent, deservedly so.”
— Edmonton Journal
“Trevor Cole is emerging as a master of obsessive-delusional-neurotic-tragicomic fiction. His two novels, Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life
(which was shortlisted for a 2004 Governor General's Award for Fiction) and his latest, The Fearsome Particles
, both told from the points of view of obsessive and delusional people, are distressing and sometimes cringe-making funny, their humour akin to that of David Brent trying to assert his power in the BBC TV series The Office
. Cole's skill at evoking this humour suggests that he himself is quiveringly attuned to the tiny shudders–say, an inexplicable bid in a game of cards–that suggest the life-threatening fault lines in people's lives. And Cole's prose is so confident, compassionate and clear that it draws out that neurotic admission: I wish I'd written that.”
— Literary Review of Canada
"Good writing declares itself immediately. How comforting for a reader to know — after only a few pages in Mr. Cole's company — that he is in such safe hands."
—Governor General’s Award winner David Gilmour
"Cole belongs to the Truman Capote school of stylists; his prose is clear as a mountain stream."
— Toronto Star
"Trevor Cole knows how to tell a story of the I-couldn’t-put-it-down variety. . . . Just delicious!"
— Globe and Mail
’s first novel, Norman Bray In the Performance of His Life
, was a finalist for the Governor General’s Award for Fiction, a regional finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. The novel was serialized on CBC Radio and optioned for film. Trevor Cole
is also a multiple-award-winning magazine journalist. He lives in Hamilton, Ontario.