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The Beggar's Garden



Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize - Finalist

National Magazine Awards (2010) – Fiction category - Honourable Mention

Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award - Longlisted

Scotiabank Giller Prize - Longlisted

The Journey Prize Stories 23 (anthology) - Selected 'Best Books of 2011' - Selection

Quill & Quire Books of the Year (Editor's Pick) - Selection

City of Vancouver Book Award - Winner

BC Book Prizes - Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize - Finalist

National Post "Best Books of 2011” - Selected

The Province - Top 10 Canadian Books of the Year - Selected

Vancouver Sun - "Top Books of 2011" - Selected

2013 George Ryga Award - Shortlisted

CBC Bookie Awards - Winner

George Ryga Award (2012) - WInner

About the Book

Longlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Critically lauded, The Beggar’s Garden is a brilliantly surefooted, strikingly original collection of nine linked short stories that will delight as well as disturb. The stories follow a diverse group of curiously interrelated characters, from bank manager to crackhead to retired Samaritan to web designer to car thief, as they drift through each other’s lives in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. These engrossing stories, free of moral judgment, are about people who are searching in the jagged margins of life—for homes, drugs, love, forgiveness—and collectively they offer a generous and vivid portrait of humanity, not just in Vancouver but in any modern urban centre.

The Beggar’s Garden is a powerful and affecting debut. Its individual stories have been anthologized in The Journey Prize Stories and have been nominated for major awards, including a National Magazine Award for fiction. The collection has been longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award.

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Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443405430
  • ISBN 10: 1443405434
  • Imprint: HarperPerennial
  • On Sale: 01/25/2011
  • Pages: 288
  • List Price: 11.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Short Stories (single author)

The Beggar's Garden by Michael Christie

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