“Pure vocal grace, quiet humor, precise and calm observation.” (The New Yorker )
“A triumph of voice.... The writing... is spare, but heartbreaking.” (USA Today )
“A magnificent work of Montana gothic that confirms his position as one of the finest stylists and most humane storytellers in America…Ford has left the suburbs of New Jersey two thousand miles away and delivered his most elegiac and profound book.” (Washington Post )
“[R]obust and powerful… tap[s] into something momentous and elemental about the profound moral chaos behind the actions of seemingly responsible people… By depicting tragedies without deep roots in reason or purpose, Mr. Ford has dramatized the frightening discovery of the world’s anarchic heart.” (Wall Street Journal )
“Richard Ford returns with one of his most powerful novels yet…Ford has never written better…Canada is Richard Ford’s best book since Independence Day, and despite its robbery and killings it too depends on its voice, a voice oddly calm and marked by the spare grandeur of its landscape.” (Daily Beast )
“Told in Ford’s exquisitely detailed, unhurried prose…Ford is interested here in the ways snap decisions can bend life in unexpected directions... Canada’s characters grapple with this in very different ways, and the answers they come up with define the rest of their lives, along with this quietly thoughtful book.” (Entertainment Weekly )
From the Back Cover
When fifteen-year-old Del Parsons' parents rob a North Dakota bank, his normal life is altered forever, and a threshold is crossed that can never be uncrossed. His parents' imprisonment threatens a turbulent and uncertain future for Del and his twin sister, Berner. Fierce with resentment, Berner flees their Montana home for California. But Del is not completely abandoned. A family friend spirits him across the Canadian border toward safety and a better life. There, afloat on the Saskatchewan prairie, Del finds only cold refuge from Arthur Remlinger, an enigmatic and alluring American fugitive with a dark and violent past.
Undone by the calamity of his parents' robbery, Del struggles to remake himself. But his search for grace only moves him nearer to a harrowing and murderous collision with the forces of darkness that shadow us all.
A true masterwork of haunting and spectacular vision from one of our greatest writers, Canada is a profound novel of boundaries traversed, innocence lost and reconciled, and the mysterious and consoling bonds of family. Told in spare, elegant prose, both resonant and luminous, it is destined to become a classic.