The Antagonist

By Lynn Coady
(Knopf Publishing Group, Hardcover, 9780307961358, 285pp.)

Publication Date: January 22, 2013

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A piercing epistolary novel, The Antagonist explores, with wit and compassion, how the impressions of others shape, pervert, and flummox both our perceptions of ourselves and our very nature.

Gordon Rankin Jr., aka “Rank,” thinks of himself as “King Midas in reverse”—and indeed misfortune seems to follow him at every turn. Against his will and his nature, he has long been considered—given his enormous size and strength—a goon and enforcer by his classmates, by his hockey coaches, and, not least, by his “tiny, angry” father. He gamely lives up to their expectations, until a vicious twist of fate forces him to flee underground. Now pushing forty, he discovers that an old, trusted friend from his college days has published a novel that borrows freely from the traumatic events of Rank’s own life. Outraged by this betrayal and feeling cruelly misrepresented, he bashes out his own version of his story in a barrage of e-mails to the novelist that range from funny to furious to heartbreaking.

With The Antagonist, Lynn Coady demonstrates all of the gifts that have made her one of Canada’s most respected young writers. Here she gives us an astonishing story of sons and fathers and mothers, of the rewards and betrayals of male friendship, and a large-spirited, hilarious, and exhilarating portrait of a man tearing his life apart in order to put himself back together.
 




About the Author
Lynn Coady now lives in Edmonton, though she was born and raised in Cape Breton. She has published a collection of short stories, "Play the Monster Blind", and four novels. Her first novel, "Strange Heaven", was nominated for the 1998 Governor General's Award for Fiction, while her latest novel, "The Antagonist", was shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize.
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