ILLUMINATING: Just as McEwan did in Atonement, and Colm Toibin did in Brooklyn, M.J. Cates brings the era of Into That Fire to brilliant life.
WHO IS THE AUTHOR? M.J. Cates is a pseudonym for an established and prize-winning author. There will be buzz!
REAL PSYCHIATRIC HISTORY: Gripping scenes at The Phipps Clinic (Zelda Fitzgerald was a patient there) and scandalizing ones at the Trenton Hospital, which really did kill many patients with its “surgical cure.”
REAL BATTLES: One of Canada’s biggest battles of WWI, Hill 70, is stunningly depicted. Total casualties were over 9,000 and close to 2,000 Canadian soldiers lost their lives over 10 days, holding the hill against 21 German counterattacks.
“Scenes set on the battfields of the First World War feel as though they were written by someone who has been there…An ambitious and captivating novel.” —Winnipeg Free Press
“Will appeal to fans of Anthony Doerr, Paula McLain and who-wrote-it, secret-author mysteries.” —The Globe and Mail
“The portrait that Cates paints of the ghastly mental health treatments of the early twentieth century is fascinating. But the impact of this novel is not just intellectual; it’s emotional too. A sweeping story that compels from start to finish.” —Toronto Star
“M. J. Cates blends fact and fiction in a wide-ranging story that defies categorization…it has a timeless quality, exploring ideas of reality vs. perception, friendship and fidelity, self-delusion and self-discovery, all tied together with a thread of star-crossed romance.” —The Sudbury Star
“Imogen Lang, a brilliant young student of psychiatry in Baltimore during the First World War, is searching for answers to life’s most elemental questions in the troubled lives of her patients and the insights of her new profession. She is haunted by a painful past, yet that past also gifts her with particular insight and empathy. Then Imogen’s world is shattered by a horrible betrayal, which forces her into a personal reckoning that is both poignant and inspiring—and resonates loudly today. In Cates’s masterful hands, she and the other characters are revealed in bursts of gut-wrenching truths, and carried by a galloping, enthralling narrative about women, life, love, heartache and redemption.” —Lori Lansens, bestselling author of The Girls and The Mountain Story
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