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Product Details

  • Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Doubleday Canada; 1st Edition edition (July 30 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385677669
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385677660
  • Product Dimensions: 16 x 2.3 x 22.9 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 458 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 15 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #89,146 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Longlist - 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize
Amazon.ca Editor’s Pick—July 2013

“Grady’s novel reads with the velvety tempo of the jazz music of its day. Like a deft conductor, he seamlessly brings in his main characters’ voices in alternating chapters throughout the novel. . . . For Jack, the eternal dilemma is whether we can successfully carve out a future if we reject our past. The answer occupies a distinctly grey area, one Wayne Grady fearlessly explores to expose heated race relations and the masks we all assume.”
Chatelaine 
 
“A stellar debut. This literary novel is set in the heart of the big-band era…. The music swings. So does the story. Though Grady portrays the complexities of race and racial politics, there's nothing overtly didactic here. It's a novel of
ideas that succeeds precisely because it's also a good story.”
—Winnipeg Free Press

“It takes a careful writer to make science clear and engaging to the layperson, and here Grady uses his skills to keep his prose quiet, spacious and neat, showing us how his characters navigate racial politics without telling us what to think about it. . . . Emancipation Day is an engaging look at when and where true co-existence and polite tolerance dissolve into prejudice and power struggle. That’s a fully contemporary issue, and one that’s entirely Canadian.”
The Globe and Mail  

“A masterwork of storytelling examining race relations, denial and misconceptions, and what they do to three generations of a Canadian family. Grady does not tie things up in a neat bundle for the reader here. Like life itself, Emancipation Day is gritty, messy, surprising and poignant. It is an unvarnished look at life in Canada in the middle of the last century and the profound influence our thoughts and actions have on the lives of others.”
Telegraph Journal

“Grady—a skilled, careful and knowledgeable writer—does not miss a step. . . .[his] work is an absorbing, entertaining and informative look at love, marriage, men at war, family dynamics and, especially, race and racism in Canadian history.”
Literary Review of Canada

"This finely wrought novel navigates the complexities of love, race, and loyalties of choice. With a deft hand, Grady convinces us that whatever appearances may suggest, nothing is ever black and white."
—Vincent Lam, author of The Headmaster’s Wager and Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures

“A haunting, memorable, believable portrait of a man so desperate to deny his heritage that he imperils his very soul.”
—Lawrence Hill, author of The Book of Negroes
 
“A brave book to challenge every reader's thinking on race, family, fear, and love. Profound and compelling.”
—Annabel Lyon, author of The Golden Mean and The Sweet Girl
 
“Wayne Grady’s masterful novel is a compelling story about secrets and shame, denial and self-discovery, racism, and love that goes deeper than skin deep. Grady shows how the ties of family bind and also set us free. This novel is unforgettable.”
—Lisa Moore, author of Alligator

“Wayne Grady has created characters out of life, out of love, out of recognition and sympathy. They are not to be missed."
—Linda Spalding, author of The Purchase

About the Author

WAYNE GRADY is the author of fourteen highly-acclaimed books, including Breakfast at the Exit Cafe, Bringing Back the Dodo, and The Bone Museum. He is also the translator of fifteen novels from the French, and the editor of eleven anthologies of literary fiction and nonfiction. His writing has appeared in literary magazines, as well as in major newsstand magazines, including Saturday Night, Toronto Life, Canadian Geographic, Smithsonian and Explore. He won the Governor General's Award for Translation in 1989 for Antonine Maillet's On the Eighth Day, and was nominated for the same award in 1995 and again in 2005. Grady teaches creative nonfiction as a sessional lecturer at the University of British Columbia, and lives near Kingston, with his wife, novelist and creative nonfiction writer Merilyn Simonds.


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A great story... Definitely left me wondering how accurate the facts are. However it does paint an interesting picture of what segregation in Canada may have looked like!
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This novel begins during the second world war when a girl from Newfoundland marries a young sailor from Canada. This would hardly be unusual but as the young bride enters into her new life she is faced with questions the answers to which elude her. With her the reader is taken into the foggy world of race and its meaning and importance in the human situation. This is a brave book as well as an entertaining story of love, marriage and friendship and how race weaves a thread into the fabric of life. Maybe most important it is a subject not much commented on in Canada.
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I am a voracious reader and this is one of the best books in a long time. i lived in this during this time period and yes it is written very close to actual fact. Mr Grady made his characters come alive, something not found in too many stories
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a very good quick read and especially informative and interesting about that time period (just after WW11) in Newfoundland as well as other parts of Ontario, i.e. Toronto and Windsor.
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Loved the book. It takes you back to those different times. The story grabs you as well as understanding what hard days they were. It a great read.
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Grady weaves together a fascinating tale of race in Canada during the 1940s. I certainly learned a lot about an aspect of Canadian history of which I knew nothing. It's even more interesting knowing that it's based on a real story. From the points of view of three characters, we learn the story of a man who is trying to figure out his identity. Grady slowly but relentlessly reveals aspects of the story that keep you turning the page until the very end.
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This was so well written! I loved it and couldn't put it down and read it every chance I got.
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This story was fast-paced using the perspective of three key individuals. I read the whole book from cover to cover, and then immediately read it all over again. For Canadians, the Canadian content was great to see and the author obviously knows the cities of Windsor and Detroit. I think any Canadian would enjoy this book, and I have already recommended it to others in my family who live in Eastern Canada.
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