Cities of Refuge

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Price
$15.95  $14.83
Publisher
Tin House Books
Publish Date
Pages
424
Dimensions
5.0 X 1.2 X 7.7 inches | 0.85 pounds
Language
English
Type
Paperback
EAN/UPC
9781935639497
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About the Author
Michael Helm was born in Saskatchewan. His most recent novel, "Cities of Refuge," is a national bestseller in Canada and was a Rogers Writers' Trust Ficiton Award finalist, a Giller Prize nominee, and a "Globe and Mail" and "Now" magazine Best Book of the Year. His earlier novels are "The Projectionist," a finalist for the Giller Prize and the Trillium Award; and "In the Place of Last Things," a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize and the regional Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best Book. His writings on fiction, poetry, and the visual arts have appeared in North American newspapers and magazines, including "Brick," where he serves as an editor. He teaches at York University in Toronto.
Reviews

Awards and Honors:
Finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award for "Cities of Refuge"
"Globe and Mail" "Book of the Year" -- "In the Place of Last Things"
"Globe and Mail" "Book of the Year" -- "Cities of Refuge"
"Now" magazine Book of the Year -- "Cities of Refuge"
Finalist for the Giller Prize for "The Projectionist"
Finalist for the Trillium Award for "The Projectionist"
Finalist for the regional Commonwealth Prize, Best Book for "In the Place of Last Things"
Finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award for "In the Place of last Things"

Praise for "Cities of Refuge"
"Standout . . . .[T]his is a powerful depiction of the struggle to overcome adversity."
--"Publishers Weekly," Starred Review
"A powerful and intricate novel about political guilt in contemporary times, intellectually astute and with crystalline writing. "Cities of Refuge" weaves together the clashes of culture, alongside that of a father and a daughter, to make large issues intimate and in the end heartbreaking."
-- Michael Ondaatje
"Michael Helm delivers us to the rarified and unsettling regions of the heart and mind, with winning results: he is a capable navigator, a superb craftsman, and "Cities of Refuge" is a humane and harrowing novel."
-- Patrick DeWitt, author of "The Sisters Brothers"
""Cities of Refuge" is an unsettling and powerful novel that beautifully engages the complexities of memory, trauma, and history."
-- Dana Spiotta, author of "Stone Arabia" and "Eat the Document"

"The profound empathy with which Michael Helm imagines his characters into multidimensional life is only one of his many, great gifts. As "Cities of Refuge" demonstrates, he is also a spectacularly good storyteller and prose stylist with a range and nerve that sets him apart from almost every other writer of his generation."
-- Barbara Gowdy, author of "Helpless"
"[W]hat [Helm] shows in a remarkable d
Awards and Honors:
Finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award for "Cities of Refuge"
"Globe and Mail" "Book of the Year" -- "In the Place of Last Things"
"Globe and Mail" "Book of the Year" -- "Cities of Refuge"
"Now" magazine Book of the Year -- "Cities of Refuge"
Finalist for the Giller Prize for "The Projectionist"
Finalist for the Trillium Award for "The Projectionist"
Finalist for the regional Commonwealth Prize, Best Book for "In the Place of Last Things"
Finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Award for "In the Place of last Things"

Praise for "Cities of Refuge"
..".this is a provocative, political and astonishingly well-written novel about a young woman's brutal assault and its profound implications."
"Shelf Awareness"
"Standout . . . .[T]his is a powerful depiction of the struggle to overcome adversity."
"Publishers Weekly," Starred Review
"[Cities of Refuge] is ambitious; a prototypical big book with deft touches of metafiction. The writing is marvelous, the omniscient narrator almost too wise. . . .Helm s novel is sure to both delight and provoke. "Booklist"
""Cities of Refuge" has a Faulknerian commitment to diverse perspectives . . . .think of Cities of Refuge as the Toronto cousin of contemporary New York novels by and about immigrants such as Colum McCann s Let the Great World Spin, Joseph O Neill s Netherland, or Teju Cole s Open City. Welcome to our shores, Michael Helm, and apologies for the delay."
The Daily Beast
"A powerful and intricate novel about political guilt in contemporary times, intellectually astute and with crystalline writing. "Cities of Refuge" weaves together the clashes of culture, alongside that of a father and a daughter, to make large issues intimate and in the end heartbreaking."
Michael Ondaatje
"Michael Helm delivers us to the rarified and unsettling regions of the heart and mind, with winning results: he is a capable navigator, a superb craftsman, and "Cities of Refuge" is a humane and harrowing novel."
Patrick DeWitt, author of "The Sisters Brothers"
""Cities of Refuge" is an unsettling and powerful novel that beautifully engages the complexities of memory, trauma, and history."
Dana Spiotta, author of "Stone Arabia" and "Eat the Document"

"The profound empathy with which Michael Helm imagines his characters into multidimensional life is only one of his many, great gifts. As "Cities of Refuge" demonstrates, he is also a spectacularly good storyteller and prose stylist with a range and nerve that sets him apart from almost every other writer of his generation."
Barbara Gowdy, author of "Helpless"
"[W]hat [Helm] shows in a remarkable display of multiple-perspective sympathy, is how, in a world where we re all inter-connected as never before, guilt and innocence are all but impossible to apportion with finality.... "Cities of Refuge" establishes him as one of Canada s most commanding writers."
"Montreal Gazette"
""Cities of Refuge"'s.... thematic breadth pushes Helm into the front ranks of Canadian novelists."
"Quill and Quire"
"[A] stunning read..., gripping, thought-provoking, ultimately haunting.... "Cities of Refuge" may be the future of The Canadian Novel: intrinsically and internally varied, polyvalent, confident, contemporary and challenging. If this is the future, bring it on."
"Edmonton Journal"
Helm writes delicately and empathetically, using a photographer s eye and poet s lyricism to ... illuminate the consequences of violence and loss.
"Elle Canada"
"Michael Helm s "Cities of Refuge" is an exceptionally well-crafted and ambitious novel. . . . In it, the personal is intertwined with the political, the past with the present, and the familiar with the unexpected."
"Canadian Literature"
Let me state simply that this is one of the finest books I have read in recent years. This is not just a novel set in Toronto; it is about Toronto and it is the most discerning description of the city since Michael Ondaatje s "In the Skin of a Lion." In his luminous prose, Helm has dared to go beyond the psychological level to the level of spirit.
"Literary Review of Canada""