by Linden MacIntyre

On Sale: 09/05/2006


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by Linden MacIntyre

On Sale: 09/05/2006


Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

About the Book

From the Giller Prize-winning author of The Bishop’s Man comes a bestselling classic childhood memoir, full of humour and heartache, set in Cape Breton Island

Linden MacIntyre remembers vividly the day construction started on the causeway. September 15, 1952, was the day that Change—always for the better and always from away—arrived to link his small Cape Breton village with the wide world of the mainland. With its grand promises of jobs and riches and progress, the building of the Canso Causeway also became a potent personal icon for MacIntyre, the road that would bring him closer to the father who was always away.

In a highly evocative memoir—at once a vibrant coming-of-age story, a portrait of a vanishing way of life and a luminous reflection on fathers and sons—MacIntyre fills his pages with vivid characters. From his grandmother, the Gaelic-speaking Peigeag, who, it was rumoured, had “special powers” that could both cure and curse, to Dan Rory, the father MacIntyre struggles to know and love, these are people who inhabit a time and a place that is on the brink of transformation. No one knows this more than MacIntyre, his narrative voice ringing true on every page, the voice of a young boy both mystified and captivated by the worlds he straddles.

Shot through with humour and humanity, Causeway is an extraordinary book, a memoir that sets a new standard for the genre.


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Critical Praise

“More than a historical memoir, Causeway is like a set of lessons on how to write a memoir. Unsentimental, unpretentious, evocative and written in clear rhythmical prose, this book should give pleasure to everyone.” - The Globe and Mail

Causeway is an honest-to-God writer’s memoir.” - Winnipeg Free Press

“Full of a sweet longing for the happiness he remembered and the smooth confident flow of Gaelic conversation. . . . As long as the island continues to
produce storytellers like MacIntyre, it will never entirely die.”
- Montreal Gazette

“MacIntyre’s novelistic style and the stories of men, dogs, work, mining, liquor, church, politics, and fate are reminiscent of No Great Mischief, by another Cape Bretoner, Alistair MacLeod.” - Quill & Quire

Causeway explores a world which depicts a certain region of Cape Breton as it was ‘before Canada joined it.’ The book aches with details that are both rational and emotional. . . . MacIntyre is a fine writer.” - Alistair MacLeod, author of No Great Mischief

“A sweet and edgy coming-of-age story that reads like a good conversation over many drinks.” - Ann-Marie MacDonald, author of Fall On Your Knees

“A touching portrayal of a father and son relationship and the pain of leaving home.” - Laura M. Mac Donald, author of The Curse of the Narrows


Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780002007245
  • ISBN 10: 000200724X
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 09/05/2006
  • List Price:34.95 CAD
  • BISAC2 : HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  • BISAC3 : BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers

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