The Man Game

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Penguin Group (Canada), Jan 1, 2009 - Fiction - 513 pages
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On a recent Sunday afternoon in Vancouver, a young man stumbles upon a secret sport invented more than a century before, at the birth of his city. Thus begins The Man Game, Lee Henderson's epic tale of love, requited and not, that crosses the contemporary and historical in an extravagant, anarchistic retelling of the early days of a pioneer town on the edge of the known world. In 1886, out of the smouldering ashes of the great fire that destroyed much of the city, Molly Erwagen—former vaudeville performer—arrives from Toronto with her beloved husband, Samuel, to start a new life. Meanwhile, Litz and Pisk, two lumberjacks exiled after the fire and blamed for having started it, are trying to clear their names. Before long, they've teamed up with Molly to invent a new sport that will change the course of that fledgling city's history.

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User Review  - George - Goodreads

A touch of magic realism, a raft of research into early Vancouver. The author worked hard to capture the possibilities of a hard scrabble little burgh on the far back of the World with a clever if a ... Read full review

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User Review  - Kaitlin - Goodreads

I loved everything about this book -- exposure to historical fiction, in depth and supremely real characters (but actually real! based on real Vancouver people!), nonlinear timelines, epic sweeping ... Read full review

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