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Governor General's Literary Awards 2019

The Student
By (author): Cary Fagan
Cary Fagan


Freehand Books



Product Form:


Form detail:

Paperback , Trade


General Trade
May 04, 2019
$21.95 CAD


8in x 5.25 x 0.46 in | 220 gr

Page Count:

184 pages
Freehand Books
FICTION / Literary
Modern and contemporary fiction: general and literary|Narrative theme: Interior life|Narrative theme: Social issues|Relating to Jewish people and groups
City of Toronto Book Award 2019, Short-listed Governor General's Award for Fiction 2019, Short-listed

Finalist for the Governor General's Literary Award

The Student is a portrait of a life in two snapshots.

It's 1957 and Miriam Moscowitz is starting her final year of university with unwavering ambition. She is a serious and passionate student of literature who studies hard, dates a young Jewish man with a good job, and is the apple of her father's eye and the worry of her mother's. But then, in a single moment, her dreams crumble around her. Unsure of how to break a path for herself, she begins a reckless affair with an American student obsessed with the civil rights clashes in the south. When the young man abandons her to join the movement back home, Miriam gets on a bus to follow him, no longer sure of anything in her life.

Forty-eight years later, Miriam is the about to witness her son's wedding (a newly-legal, same-sex marriage). She climbs the stairs to her study to look at a book she had carried with her on a bus to Detroit. She reads the marginalia written in her young, minuscule handwriting. It is familiar and strange, embarrassing and exhilarating, and she wonders what the young person who had written all these words almost half a century ago had to do with the old woman who read them now.

The Student is a compassionate and compelling work of fiction that brings together two pivotal times in history. With its innovative structure, masterful prose, and intelligently crafted characters, this book illustrates how we are shaped by - and can eventually overcome - the constraints of the times we occupy.

Cary Fagan is the author of six novels and three story collections for adults, as well as many award-winning books for children. His books include A Bird's Eye (finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, an Amazon.ca Best Book of the Year), My Life Among the Apes (longlisted for the Giller Prize, Amazon.ca Best 100 Books of 2013), and The Student (shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award and the Toronto Book Award). Cary was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives with his family.

Toronto book launch sponsored by Toronto Lit Up
Pitches to festivals across Canada
Targeted national review mailing
Advertising in literary magazines and festival programs
ARCs available
Book trailer distributed through social media
Book club guides to be made available on www.freehand-books.com

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