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A Passage from Innocence


Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction

Evelyn Richardson Non-Fiction Award

Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year

About the Book

Causeway is Linden MacIntyre’s evocative memoir of his Cape Breton childhood. At once a vibrant coming-of-age story, a portrait of a vanishing way of life and a reflection on fathers and sons, the narrative revolves around the construction of the Canso Causeway that would link the small Cape Breton village of MacIntyre’s childhood to the wide world of the mainland. Shot through with humour, humanity and vivid characters, Causeway is an extraordinary book, a memoir that has set 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: 9781554689521
  • ISBN 10: 155468952X
  • Imprint: HarperCollins Publishers
  • On Sale: 08/10/2010
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 11.99 CAD
  • BISAC2: BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Editors, Journalists, Publishers
  • BISAC3: HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)

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