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The Antagonist Hardcover – Sep 3 2011

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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: House of Anansi Press; 1st Edition edition (Sept. 3 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0887842968
  • ISBN-13: 978-0887842962
  • Product Dimensions: 13.3 x 2.5 x 20.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 476 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #331,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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[Lynn Coady] has a hearty wit and a piercing understanding of human nature . . . [she] has made herself one of our essential writers. (Jeet Heer Quill and Quire 2011-08-01)

The Antagonist could have not have come at a better time. In our fast, media-saturated world, this novel gives the reader the refreshing and increasingly rare opportunity to take a closer, more compassionate look at someone wrongly judged by his outer shell. (Heather Leighton Rover Arts 2011-07-31)

. . . thoroughly engrossing. . . a breathless and frequently hilarious narrative . . . one of the freshest voices in years. (Zoe Whittall FASHION Magazine 2011-09-01)

. . . a richly comic creation . . . a revealing effort in cross-gender empathy. (Joel Yanofsky Montreal Gazette 2011-09-02)

A deft blend of farce, tragedy and wry social comment, The Antagonist is no mean feat. (Barbara Carey Toronto Star 2011-09-03)

. . . far more complex than the hilarious one-liners that make her work so irresistible to read. (Margaret Gunning Edmonton Journal 2011-09-03)

In this coming-of-age tale, male friendships and relationships are explored in all their goofiness and complexity . . . [Lynn Coady is] one of Canada's best writers of fiction. (Dana Medoro Winnipeg Free Press 2011-09-03)

. . . a readable, quixotic coming-of-age story, a comedy of very bad manners, and a thoughtful inquiry into the very nature of self. It’s the sort of novel -- and Coady the sort of writer -- deserving of every accolade coming to it. (Robert J. Wiersema National Post 2011-09-09)

. . . by turns angry, funny, tender and sad . . . The Antagonist is a full-bodied work of fiction. (Giles Blunt Globe and Mail 2011-09-09)

The Antagonist is a crafty, technically-accomplished series of meditations on subjects ranging from manhood and self-knowledge to tricky father-son relationships. (Brett Joseph Grubisic Vancouver Sun 2011-09-16)

Unhinged at times, cathartic, lyrical and brave ... the reader must simply sit back and enjoy. (Nathaniel G. Moore Rabble 2011-10-06)

... [a] strong new comic novel. (Michael Bryson Winnipeg Review 2011-09-26)

Sentence for sentence, Lynn Coady is one of the most dynamic prose stylists in Canadian letters. (Andre Mayer Walrus 2011-12-01)

[Lynn Coady] is entering old-pro territory ... (Laurie D Graham Malahat Review 2012-01-30)

Only a writer as wonderfully gifted as Lynn Coady could elicit such extraordinary sympathy for a character as full of self-destructive rage as Rank, her main character. You won't soon forget either him or this haunting novel. (Richard Russo 2012-10-10) and very funny...the pathos and humor brought to a challenging life story will appeal to many readers. (Publishers Weekly 2012-12-01)

A genuinely fascinating character [whose] emails evolve from clumsy rages to thoughtful, measured ruminations on crucial events in his life...But it is Coady’s ability to realistically portray his teens and university years and empathetically conduct his search for self that makes The Antagonist more than just entertainment. (Booklist 2012-12-01)

Smartly tuned and as unsettling as it intends to be...Coady expertly renders a man who's compelled to address his past but not entirely ready to look in the mirror [and her novel] is a caution to tread carefully. (Kirkus 2012-12-01)

... a stunning new novel. Coady's writing is witty and sensitive... this is a fantastic book that shouldn't be missed. (Nicholas Mancusi Daily Beast/Newsweek 2013-01-22)

...[a] clever and sympathetic exploration of male friendship. (Ron Charles Washington Post 2013-11-22)

About the Author

Lynn Coady is the author of the bestselling novel The Antagonist, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as the novels Mean Boy, Saints of Big Harbour, and Strange Heaven and the short story collection Play the Monster Blind. She has been shortlisted for the Governor General’s Literary Award and the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour, and has four times made the Globe and Mail’s annual list of Top 100 Books. Originally from Cape Breton, she now lives in Edmonton, Alberta, where she is a founding and senior editor of the award-winning magazine Eighteen Bridges.

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