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All Things Consoled
A daughter's memoir
By (author): Elizabeth Hay
9780771039737 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs Sep 18, 2018
$32.00 CAD
Forthcoming 5.72 x 8.54 x 1.11 in 272 pages McClelland & Stewart
#1 bestselling novelist Elizabeth Hay has written a poignant, complex, and hugely resonant memoir about the shift she experienced between being her parents’ daughter to their guardian and caregiver.

Jean and Gordon Hay were a formidable pair. She was an artist and superlatively frugal; he was a proud and well-mannered schoolteacher with a temper that could be explosive. Elizabeth, their oldest daughter, was said to be a difficult and selfish child. Elizabeth always suspected she would end up caring for her parents in their final years, a way of making up for the sins of her childhood, proving herself to be a good daughter after all. But as her parents, who had been ferociously independent people, became increasingly dependent on her, their lives changed utterly and so did hers. Philip Roth once said, “Old age is a massacre.” All Things Consoled takes you inside the massacre.

In this startlingly beautiful memoir, with brutal candor and irresistible wit, Elizabeth Hay offers insight into the exquisite agony of a family’s dynamics—sibling rivalries, miscommunications that spur decades of resentment all matched by true and genuine love and devotion—and reaches a deep understanding of the most unforgettable characters she will ever know, the vivid giants who were her parents.

ONE OF CANADA’S MOST BELOVED AUTHORS: With a huge base of devoted readers, Elizabeth Hay is an author fans are eager to read and are passionate about.

AWARDS: Hay’s fiction has received the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Marian Engel Award and has been a finalist for the Governor General’s Award, the Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, the Trillium Award, and the Ottawa Book Award.

CROSS-OVER APPEAL: Hay’s accessible, intelligent writing attracts readers of literary and commercial fiction as well as fans of memoirs.

BACKLIST: M&S has all of Hay’s fiction in paperback.

ELIZABETH HAY is the author of the #1 nationally bestselling novel Alone in the Classroom, the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Late Nights On Air, as well as four other highly acclaimed works of fiction, His Whole Life, A Student of Weather, Garbo Laughs, and Small Change. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City before returning to Canada. She lives in Ottawa.

Author Residence: Ottawa, ON

Author Hometown: Owen Sound, ON

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Publicity: National media around publication including Zoomer Magazine, Macleans, interviews in daily papers such as Toronto Star, Globe & Mail and interviews with radio such as Classical 96.3FM, CBC radio

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“Hay creates enormous spaces with few words, and makes the reader party to the journey, listening, marvelling…” —Globe and Mail

“[She has an] evocative grace that brings to mind Annie Proulx.” —Washington Post

“Hay has a delightful, deadpan wit, the kind that sneaks up on you.” —New York Times

“A master storyteller…” —Winnipeg Free Press

“How lucky we are to have her, this writer who stares down the tough issues in life…with such wit and grace.” —Toronto Star


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