By Michael Redhill
(Little Brown and Company, Hardcover, 9780316734981, 340pp.)
Publication Date: January 2007
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From the award-winning author of "Martin Sloane" and "Fidelity" comes a riveting story of two families in different centuries--one searching for the past, the other creating a record of it.
Consolation, Redhill's second novel, was shortlisted for the 2007 Toronto Book Award. In an interview with the "Edmonton Journal," he described how he was inspired by a real photograph taken in thirteen parts in the winter of 1856 as part of a campaign to entice Queen Victoria to choose the city as the capital of pre-Confederation Canada: "I knew there was something in the pictures I wanted to write about. But the more I scribbled things down, the more I began to recognize a resonance between that dead city, no stitch of which exists anymore, and modern Toronto. The attitude and striving is still prevalent." He adds: "It's a strange, self-loathing city that at the same time is constantly striving to be world class and noticed. The city never tends to think about its own needs; it thinks about what other people might find impressive."
Michael Redhill lives with his partner and their two sons in France.
"From the Hardcover edition."