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Don't Be Afraid Hardcover – Jan 25 2011

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Knopf Canada; 1st Edition edition (Jan. 25 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0676977367
  • ISBN-13: 978-0676977363
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2.5 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 454 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #559,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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A Globe and Mail Best Book

“Heartbreaking and hilarious in equal measure, . . . Don’t Be Afraid is a note-perfect account of life and loss. . . . [Hayward] deftly unleashes his inner Vonnegut.”
— John Barber, The Globe and Mail
“Hayward has an easy way with his prose and the dialogue. . . . Portrayed with realism and sympathy. . . . If you’re a fan of . . . Miriam Toews’ A Complicated Kindness or Reif Larsen’s The Selected Works of T. S. Spivet, you’ll likely enjoy this book.”
Toronto Star

“A beautiful meditation on loss, grief and the stubborn resilience of families.”
— Nino Ricci, author of The Origin of Species
Don’t Be Afraid is an extraordinary novel, utterly compelling from the first page to the last. Portraying lovable characters in varying degrees of crisis, the novel is tender, wise and hilariously funny. Hayward is the fine and rare writer—like Richler in Solomon Gursky or Barney’s Version—who makes us laugh all the while illuminating with compassion and candour the truths of the human heart.”
— Timothy Taylor, author of Stanley Park
Don’t Be Afraid broke my heart in the very best way. That is, the funny/sad way. Indeed, Steven Hayward may just be the best funny/sad writer we have. Go on. Let him break your heart.”
— Andrew Pyper, author of The Killing Circle

“A hilarious and quietly subversive tour of post-industrial American suburban life. The fictional Jim Morrison in Don’t Be Afraid is more interesting than the real Jim Morrison ever was.”
— Stephen Marche, author of Raymond and Hannah

Don’t Be Afraid is an acutely smart and sensitive portrayal of a youth who is forced to confront the inexplicable death of a family member. Steven Hayward is an outstanding writer with a special talent for exploring the big existential questions through comic virtuosity and the artful rendering of voice.”
— David Chariandy, author of Soucouyant

About the Author

Born and raised in Toronto, STEVEN HAYWARD currently teaches creative writing at Colorado College in Colorado Springs. A frequent contributor to the Globe and Mail and the Literary Review of Canada, his first novel, The Secret Mitzvah of Lucio Burke, won Italy's prestigious Premio Grinzane Cavour prize.

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"Don't be Afraid" is the suggested reading for a Book Club at our church. Took the book to the beach to read but found I could not stifle my frequent laughter so had to read it in the privacy of my own home! Truly a wonderful read.
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HASH(0xa6b2c45c) out of 5 stars I plan to read it again. July 9 2016
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Good read. The characters are recognizable though caricatured for emphasis and humor, which balances the heavier themes of loss and our choosing how to cope and live with these losses. I think the idea is to not be afraid to live on; the emptiness doesn't have to leave in order to go forward. We can just gather strength and clarity from the support that appears, both expected, unexpected, and perhaps even unexplained. Chapters are not too long not too short, and the book is also an easily digested size. Thank you Steven Hayward!

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