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Cormorant/DCB Spring 2018

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The Art of Being Lewis
By (author): Daniel Goodwin
9781770865297 Paperback, Trade English General Trade FICTION / Literary May 01, 2019
$22.95 CAD
Active 5.5 x 8.5 x 0.5 in | 246 gr 248 pages Cormorant Books
Nancy Richler Memorial Prize for Fiction 2020, Short-listed

Between indecent exposure and intellectual property theft, it's tough being Lewis this year.

East Coast architect Lewis Morton thought he had it all: loving wife and children, dream job, and a house that meets his exacting architectural standards. But after his beloved mentor dies unexpectedly and Lewis gets pulled into a lawsuit that threatens to destroy his career and possibly his life, the respectable identity he has carefully constructed for himself after fleeing his Jewish childhood in Montreal begins to disintegrate. In trying to build his new future he must first come to terms with his past. Who is Lewis Morton, and who will he choose to become?

Daniel Goodwin was born in Montreal and educated at McGill. He is the author of one previous novel, Sons and Fathers , and a poetry collection, Catullus's Soldiers, which won a 2016 Vine Award for Canadian Jewish Literature. He lives in Ottawa with his wife Kara and their children.

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"Daniel Goodwin's The Art of Being Lewis is a smart, funny and warm-hearted novel in the spirit and lineage of Mordecai Richler." - David Bezmozgis, author of The Betrayers and Natasha and Other Stories

"Daniel Goodwin's poetry and novels are always filled with deep insights into the confused state of modern masculinity. The Art of Being Lewis is his best work so far: a sad, hilarious, philosophical novel that blends fine writing and forward momentum. You will think about Lewis, his humiliations and regular triumphs, before falling asleep at night (if you can stop to turn out the light)." - Todd Babiak, author of Come Barbarians

"A literary page-turner with profound insight into the stories we make our own."

- Atlantic Books Today

“Imagine if, one fine day, your meticulously structured world fell apart. For Lewis Morton, a successful architect, it’s as if one of his buildings has collapsed over his head, burying in the rubble his sense of purpose and even his sanity. In this insightful, well-crafted and warm-hearted novel, Daniel Goodwin shows us that the materials upon which we build our lives should include the tricky yet essential blend of steel and imagination. This is that essential story of how to build a house that can properly be called a home.” - David Layton, author of The Dictator

"The novel’s cast of characters is sketched with care, down to the cut of their suit, the confidence expressed in their stance, the set of their expression in an awkward social setting. In its attention to detail The Art of Being Lewis is a contemporary version of the novel of manners by Jane Austen or George Eliot." - Norman Ravvin, The Canadian Jewish News

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