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A novel
By (author): Michael Ondaatje
9780771073786 Hardcover English General Trade FICTION / Literary May 08, 2018
$34.00 CAD
Active 6 x 8.5 x 1.2 in 304 pages McClelland & Stewart
From the internationally acclaimed, bestselling author of The English Patient: a mesmerizing new novel that tells a dramatic story set in the decade after World War II through the lives of a small group of unexpected characters and two teenagers whose lives are indelibly shaped by their unwitting involvement.

In a narrative as beguiling and mysterious as memory itself—shadowed and luminous at once—we read the story of fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister, Rachel. In 1945, just after World War II, they stay behind in London when their parents move to Singapore, leaving them in the care of a mysterious figure named The Moth. They suspect he might be a criminal, and they grow both more convinced and less concerned as they come to know his eccentric crew of friends: men and women joined by a shared history of unspecified service during the war, all of whom seem, in some way, determined now to protect, and educate (in rather unusual ways) Rachel and Nathaniel. But are they really what and who they claim to be? And what does it mean when the siblings’ mother returns after months of silence without their father, explaining nothing, excusing nothing? A dozen years later, Nathaniel begins to uncover all that he didn’t know and understand in that time, and it is this journey—through facts, recollection, and imagination—that he narrates in this masterwork from one of the great writers of our time.

PUBLISHING EVENT: A novel by Ondaatje is an international publishing event. Publishing partners are: Knopf (U.S.) and Jonathan Cape (U.K.). Simultaneous publication in all territories to capitalize on reviews and media coverage.

ANOTHER BLOCKBUSTER: Ondaatje continues to surprise and delight. His novels have been described as enthralling, magical, tender, graceful, profound, generous, thrilling, and more. Warlight showcases everything we love best about Ondaatje’s style—elegant prose, rich detail, and exquisitely beautiful imagery—and it reaffirms his status as a writer in his own class.

MAJOR AWARD WINNER: The first Canadian to win the Booker Prize for The English Patient in 1992. His work has garnered prestigious international prizes, including the Giller Prize, Prix Médicis, the Kiriyama Pacific Rim Book Prize, the Irish Times International Fiction Prize.

MICHAEL ONDAATJE is the author of several award-winning novels, as well as a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and several books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize, and Anil’s Ghost won the Irish Times International Fiction Prize, the Giller Prize, and the Prix Médicis. Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje lives in Toronto, Canada.

Author Residence: Toronto, ON

Marketing: numbered galleys close to publication

cheat sheet/infographic for accounts

extensive social advertising

print advertising

airport banners 

Publicity: -Tour to Toronto, Montreal, Vancouver and an additional city around publication (tbc)

-Select media which would likely include the Globe & Mail and CBC The Next Chapter

-Woody Point Festival in August

-Private launch party around publication

Praise for Michael Ondaatje:

“Each of his books is filled with passages of such finesse and vividness that they become a part of us. He is a writer whose best paragraphs hover just over the page, then fly into the mind.” —The New Yorker

“Genius (there is no other word for a writer of such grace and depth). Ondaatje’s unique gift is that his stories perform an inexorable seduction, impossible to resist.”—Globe and Mail

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