A Witness To Life
By Terence M. Green
(Forge Books, Hardcover, 9780312866723, 240pp.)
Publication Date: March 1999
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Green returns to the history of his own family with the prequel to his critically acclaimed Shadow of Ashland. This is the story of Martin Radey, Greens grandfather. Radey, the child of Irish immigrant parents in late nineteenth-century Canada, lived most of his life in Toronto, for years a single parent after the death of his young wife. But this is his story beginning at the moment of his death, drifting backward and starting again from his early life, a search for meaning in a welter of change and occasional tragedy.
"A Witness to Life is an odd hybrid, a historical novel with elements of magical realism, an imaginative reconstruction of the life of a real person."--Sunday Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel
"Mr. Green's remembrance of things past becomes an emotionally charged experience that will not soon be forgotten."--Dallas Morning News
"I thoroughly enjoyed following Radey's life as he made a mess of it, and clearly the credit for this lies with his creator. Green is a lyrical, contemplative writer whose fantastical tendencies are held firmly in check by the realism demanded by this fictional biography. Striking a delicate balance between fantasy and reality the author lifts the mundane into the realm of the spiritual....[It] holds much to enjoy, particularly its detailed portrait of Toronto in the first half of the century....Green's Joycean celebration of Toronto is worth a shelf full of histories. It comes alive in a way only the best fiction can, allowing the reader to be a witness to the life of Martin Radey and the city he called home."--The Globe and Mail (Toronto, ON)