2038. Les vagues épidémiques du Grand Dépérissement ont décimé tous les arbres et transformé la planète en un désert de poussière. L'un des derniers refuges est une île boisée, au large de la Colombie-Britannique, qui accueille des touristes fortunés venus admirer l'ultime forêt primaire. Jacinda y travaille comme guide, sans véritable espoir d'un avenir meilleur. Jusqu'au jour où un ami lui apprend qu'elle serait la descendante de Harris Greenwood, un magnat du bois à la réputation sulfureuse. Commence alors un récit foisonnant et protéiforme dont les ramifications insoupçonnées font écho aux événements, aux drames et aux bouleversements qui ont façonné notre monde. Que nous restera-t-il lorsque le dernier arbre aura été abattu ?Un grand hommage à la nature. Dense, ambitieux, fin et intelligent. Emmanuel Romer, La Croix.Michael Christie distille un humanisme vert vivifiant. Philippe Chevilley, Les Échos.Une fable écologique follement romanesque. Christine Ferniot, Télérama.Traduit de l'anglais (Canada) par Sarah Gurcel.
B>A magnificent generational saga that charts a familys rise and fall, its secrets and inherited crimes, from one of Canadas most acclaimed novelists/b>br>br>b>Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize A rugged, riveting novel . . . This superb family saga will satisfy fans of Richard Powerss The Overstory.--Publishers Weekly (starred review)/b>br>br>b>There are plenty of visionary moments laced into [Christies] shape-shifting narrative. . . . Greenwood penetrates to the core of things.--The New York Times Book Review/b>br>br> Its 2038 and Jacinda (Jake) Greenwood is a storyteller and a liar, an overqualified tour guide babysitting ultra-rich vacationers in one of the worlds last remaining forests. Its 2008 and Liam Greenwood is a carpenter, sprawled on his back after a workplace fall, calling out from the concrete floor of an empty mansion. Its 1974 and Willow Greenwood is out of jail, free after being locked up for one of her endless series of environmental protests: attempts at atonement for the sins of her fathers once vast and violent timber empire. Its 1934 and Everett Greenwood is alone, as usual, in his maple-syrup camp squat, when he hears the cries of an abandoned infant and gets tangled up in the web of a crime, secrets, and betrayal that will cling to his family for decades.br>br> And throughout, there are trees: a steady, silent pulse thrumming beneath Christies effortless sentences, working as a guiding metaphor for withering, weathering, and survival. A shining, intricate clockwork of a novel, Greenwood is a rain-soaked and sun-dappled story of the bonds and breaking points of money and love, wood, and blood--and the hopeful, impossible task of growing toward the light.
C'est une nouvelle tragiquement drôle qui ouvre le formidable recueil de Michael Christie, classé parmi les meilleurs livres de l'année 2011 au Canada et récompensé par le Vancouver Book Award. Une femme seule appelle désespérément les secours, amoureuse d'un infirmier rencontré un soir de blues. Pour le retrouver, elle devra faire preuve de beaucoup d'imagination... jusqu'à frôler la mort.
Qu'il évoque un accro au crack dialoguant avec le fantôme d'Oppenheimer ou un vieil homme qui tente de renouer avec son petit-fils devenu SDF, Michael Christie ausculte le coeur et l'âme de Vancouver, ses solitudes anonymes et modernes avec autant d'intelligence que d'humour. Un univers urbain qui nous ressemble étrangement.
Subtilité du regard, inventivité de l'écriture : ses nouvelles - inspirées en partie de son expérience dans le domaine social - abordent la société contemporaine sous un angle résolument inédit. Michael Christie s'impose d'emblée comme l'un des grands espoirs de la littérature canadienne.« Un premier livre exceptionnel tour à tour drôle, mélancolique, étrange et authentique. » The National Post
A heartfelt and wondrous debut about family, fear, and skateboarding, that Karen Russell calls "A bruiser of a tale . . . a death-defying coming-of-age story." Will has never been outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never gotten to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who panics at the thought of opening the front door. Their world is rich and fun- loving--full of art, science experiments, and music--and all confined to their small house. But Wills thirst for adventure cant be contained. Clad in a protective helmet and unsure of how to talk to other kids, he finally ventures outside. At his new school he meets Jonah, an artsy loner who introduces Will to the high-flying freedoms of skateboarding. Together, they search for a missing local boy, help a bedraggled vagabond, and evade a dangerous bootlegger. The adventure is more than Will ever expected, pulling him far from the confines of his closed-off world and into the throes of early adulthood, and all the risks that everyday life offers. In buoyant, kinetic prose, Michael Christie has written an emotionally resonant and keenly observed novel about mothers and sons, fears and uncertainties, and the lengths well go for those we love.
Longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize Critically lauded, The Beggar's Garden is a brilliantly surefooted, strikingly original collection of nine linked short stories that will delight as well as disturb. The stories follow a diverse group of curiously interrelated characters, from bank manager to crackhead to retired Samaritan to web designer to car thief, as they drift through each other's lives in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. These engrossing stories, free of moral judgment, are about people who are searching in the jagged margins of life-for homes, drugs, love, forgiveness-and collectively they offer a generous and vivid portrait of humanity, not just in Vancouver but in any modern urban centre. The Beggar's Garden is a powerful and affecting debut. Its individual stories have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and have been nominated for major awards, including a National Magazine Award for fiction. The collection has been longlisted for the Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award.
A heartfelt and wondrous debut lauded by Philipp Meyer ( New York Times bestselling author of The Son ) as "astonishing", introducing a supremely gifted and exciting new voice in fiction. Will has never been to the outside, at least not since he can remember. And he has certainly never got to know anyone other than his mother, a fiercely loving yet wildly eccentric agoraphobe who drowns in panic at the thought of opening the front door. Their little world comprises only the rooms in their home, each named for various exotic locales and filled with Will''s art projects. But soon the confines of his world close in on him. Despite his mother''s protests, Will ventures outside clad in a protective helmet and braces himself for danger. He eventually meets and befriends Jonah, a quiet boy who introduces him to skateboarding. Will welcomes his new world with enthusiasm, his fears fading and his body hardening with each new bump, scrape and fall. But life quickly gets complicated. When a local boy goes missing, Will and Jonah want to uncover what happened. They embark on an extraordinary adventure that pulls Will far from the confines of his closed-off world and into the throes of early adulthood and the dangers that everyday life offers. If I Fall, If I Die is a remarkable debut full of dazzling prose and unforgettable characters, as well as a poignant and heartfelt depiction of coming of age.