PRIZE WORTHY: Marina has consistently been nominated for prizes. Her last two books were both GG-shortlisted and Giller-longlisted, while Good to a Fault was Giller-shortlisted.
SEA WORTHY WOMEN: Who doesn’t love a novel set on board a ship? This book is a love letter to the Age of Sail. It also pays tribute to the lives of women aboard ships—a little-examined world.
COMMERCIAL AND CRITICAL KUDOS: Each of Marina’s three previous novels have hit the bestseller lists, and her writing has been praised as “original and charming” (The Globe and Mail), “witty” (Edmonton Journal), “joyful” (National Post), and “ambitious” (The Vancouver Sun).
WINNER OF THE 2020 ROBERT KROETSCH CITY OF EDMONTON BOOK PRIZE
“One of those very, very rare books: It breaks your heart (over and over), is heavy with sorrow and has no neat endings or answers—and yet, it also opens you up to wonder, making you yearn to know more, see more and love more.” —The Globe and Mail
“There is so much in this book to linger over…. [A] novel to return to again and again…. [A] quiet, elegant triumph.” —Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
“Endicott artfully combines a bracing world voyage and the equally transformative journey of a young woman discovering and honouring her genuine nature. With her passion for all the creatures and cultures she encounters, Kay shines as a timely embodiment of the solace of human connection across time and space.” —Booklist (starred review)
“The Difference is such an immersive reading experience, the kind that makes one think, and think again…. I loved being at sea with Kay and Thea, and found it hard to part from them. How movingly the novel considers the otherness between people, between the world and us, between human and all other life…. Its boldness has a deep humility. Marina Endicott allows her characters to exist without being afraid of their (and our) moral dilemmas and failures, or the gap between our intentions and our understanding. She also writes about goodness so well—so beautifully and joyfully…. I feel as if I could close my eyes and still be at sea with these characters. A wonderful, brilliant book.“ —Madeleine Thien, Giller Prize-winning author of Do Not Say We Have Nothing
”A beautiful book, so lovely in its graveness, and in its comedy … The cut of the prose is so keen and the happenings are so finely wrought that it contorts where it can’t help but contort, around the places where unanswerable grief comes into our lives." —Helen Oyeyemi
PRAISE FOR MARINA ENDICOTT’S CLOSE TO HUGH:
“Delightful, tragic, gloriously elegiac and riddled with puns—Close to Hugh is just like life, only so much more beautiful for being art.” —Lynn Coady, author of Strange Heaven
“I love Marina Endicott’s writing. I adore the exquisite, unfussy grace of her language, the dexterity and range of her storytelling. Close to Hugh is slyly humorous, delightfully and cheekily observant of contemporary manners, and most importantly, filled with warmth and generosity. It was an absolute thrill to disappear into this book, to spend time with each and every character.” ―Christos Tsiolkas, author of The Slap
“Oddly original and charming…the novel addresses huge and general questions about the meaning of life and the universe with remarkable specificity.” ―The Globe and Mail
“[A] pun-filled examination of the ways art and life rub up against each other…a joyful four-door, intergenerational farce.” ―National Post
“Ambitious…watching two people discover each other after having been denied happiness for so long is a delight…. a genuine page-turner.” ―The Vancouver Sun
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