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Mary Cyr

by David Adams Richards

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literary, contemporary women, family life
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list price: $22.00
edition:Paperback
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category: Fiction
published: Oct 2019
ISBN:9780385682503
publisher: Doubleday Canada
imprint: Anchor Canada
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From a coal mine in Mexico to a wealthy family in New Brunswick, this extraordinary novel revolves around a single mysterious woman: Mary Cyr.

Mary Cyr opens in Mexico, just as a disaster strikes a small town: a coal-mine has collapsed, with thirteen men trapped inside. Less than forty-eight hours later, the authorities summarily decide to abandon all hope of finding survivors and seal up the mine entrance--willfully oblivious to the half-dozen souls still breathing below ground. Shortly after that, a thirteen-year-old Mexican boy, Victor, is discovered dead in the hotel room of a Canadian visitor--a 45-year-old woman, and heiress to a vast fortune, who goes by the name Mary Cyr.
Thus begins this shocking, brilliant and compelling novel--a late-career tour de force by one of our most unique and powerful writers.This unwinding tale will take us from a harsh jail cell in Mexico, where Mary Cyr is imprisoned, deep into Canadian police officer John Delano's past, and even further into the murky depths of a wealthy New Brunswick family whose ties to mining, newspapers and a host of other interests lead to the highest corridors of power.

About the Author

David Adams Richards was born in Newcastle, New Brunswick. His celebrated body of work has earned numerous awards and accolades to date, most notably for his prose, poetry, novels, and screenplays. All examine the fundamental conflict between individual conscience and truth versus community, history, and perceptions. The first novel in his Miramichi trilogy, Nights Below Station Street, received the Governor Generals Award for fiction in 1988. Lines On the Water, about fishing on the Miramichi, won the Governor General's Award for non-fiction in 1998, making Richards one of a very select group; he is only the third person to win Governor General literary awards in two different categories.

David Adams Richards, né en 1950 à Newcastle, au Nouveau-Brunswick, est un auteur prolifique : il a fait paraître treize romans, un recueil de nouvelles ainsi que trois essais. Son succès critique et commercial ne cesse de s'accroître. Le roman Road to the Stilt House a été mis en nomination pour un Prix littéraire du Gouverneur général en 1985, et en 1988 l'auteur recevait cette même distinction pour Nights Below Station Street, premier volet de sa trilogie du Miramichi. En 1998, son essai Lines on the Water sur la pêche à la ligne dans le Miramichi est honoré du Prix du Gouverneur général, et il se place dès lors au sein d'un groupe enviable : il est seulement le troisième auteur à obtenir la prestigieuse récompense dans deux catégories.

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Contributor Notes

DAVID ADAMS RICHARDS is one of Canada's preeminent writers. His recent novels include Principles to Live By, as well as Crimes Against My Brother and Incidents in the Life of Markus Paul, which were both longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. Among his other recent novels, The Lost Highway was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The Friends of Meagre Fortune won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book. Mercy Among the Children won the Giller Prize and was shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Trillium Award. Richards is also the author of the celebrated Miramichi Triology and has written four bestselling books of nonfiction: Lines on the Water, God Is, Facing the Hunter and Hockey Dreams.

Editorial Review

Globe and Mail Best Book of 2018

"Mary Cyr is a marvellously readable saga. . . . If you're a fan of Ruth Rendell's Barbara Vine books where character is the story, then Mary Cyr is for you." —The Globe and Mail 

"Reading this novel is profoundly unsettling. Terrible things happen, and Richards presents them without holding anything back. I won't forget this book." —Quill & Quire

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