Reproduction

Ian Williams (Author)
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Product Details

Price
$18.00  $16.56
Publisher
Europa Editions
Publish Date
April 21, 2020
Pages
464
Dimensions
5.2 X 8.2 X 1.7 inches | 1.2 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781609455750

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About the Author

Poet, short story writer, and novelist Ian Williams was named one of "ten Canadian writers to watch out for" by CBC in 2018. His poetry has been shortlisted for the Griffin Poetry Prize and the Robert Kroetsch Poetry Book Award. He won the Danuta Gleed Literary Award for his short stories. Williams holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Toronto and is currently an assistant professor of poetry in the Creative Writing program at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Reproduction, his debut novel, was a finalist for the Amazon first novel prize, was a CBC Spring & Black History Month pick, and dubbed one of the "Buzziest Books of 2019" by Chatelaine Magazine.

Reviews

"One of the most energetic, lively, funny, and sad novels of the year."--Quill & Quire, Book of the Year

"Williams's unsparing view on the past's repetition is heartrending. This ambitious experiment yields worthwhile results."--Publishers Weekly

"Witty, playful, and disarmingly offbeat--even as it hums with serious themes."--The Toronto Star

"Polyphonic and big-hearted."--Electric Literature

"A witty, formally thrilling family saga."--Kirkus Reviews

"A family saga like no other, with vivid characters and spectacular narrative twists . . . What makes it all work is Williams's exquisite writing and his willingness to take risk with form. This is a fresh and exciting literary voice."--NOW Toronto, Book of the Year

"Both funny and poignant, powerful and playful."--The Calgary Herald

"Reproduction is an inventive and tender portrait of family life in all its forms."--Rabble

"Reproduction's genius is its weaponized empathy, the precision-etched intensity of Williams' gritty, witty, wholly unsentimental exploration of the collision of human hearts and the messy aftermath."--Eden Robinson, author of Monkey Beach and Son of a Trickster

"Reminiscent of Miriam Toews's novel All My Puny Sorrows in its balance between grief and humour."--Quill & Quire

"Williams's compassion for his characters transforms them from ordinary beings into uncommon souls. We know these people: their flaws, their foibles and their fuck ups. We recognize them because we share the same vagaries of living, wherever we are born."--Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love

"The startling brilliance of Ian Williams stems from his restlessness with form. His ceaseless creativity in sussing out the right patterning of story, the right vernacular nuance, the right diagram and deftly dropped reference--all in service of vividly illuminating the intermingled comedy and trauma of family."--David Chariandy, author of Brother

"Reproduction is a brilliant modernist symphony, a truly unique blend of character, voice, sound, and style that shows the many different ways family can be made, and what the concept of family actually means in diverse contexts. A surprising, intriguing, and moving novel by a proven talent."--Marion Abbott, Mrs. Dalloway's Bookstore, Berkeley CA

"A daring and funny intergenerational family saga . . . Williams, a poet, brings a thrilling linguistic verve to this already-gripping story, and his restless experimental prose makes Reproduction fly off the page."--Danny Caine, Raven Bookstore, Lawrence KS

"Williams' Reproduction contains examples of the compromises and mutually agreed upon lies that bind families together. The ability of humans to wilfully ignore past misdeeds, to keep secrets for decades and forge on despite human frailty and failings are all clearly depicted in Williams' story."--Winnipeg Free Press

"In this novel about fathers who vanish and the families that spring up in their place, the Vancouver-based poet deftly weaves together the voices of a 14-year-old Black boy, a 16-year-old white girl and a motley crew of middle-aged parents who are all struggling to do right by their children--with mixed results."--Chatelaine Magazine