The Antagonist

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Anansi, 2011 - FICTION - 337 pages
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Shortlisted for the 2011 Scotiabank Giller Prize

Against his will and his nature, the hulking Gordon Rankin ("Rank") is cast as an enforcer, a goon by his classmates, his hockey coaches, and especially his own "tiny, angry" father, Gordon Senior.

Rank gamely lives up to his role until tragedy strikes, using Rank as its blunt instrument. Escaping the only way he can, Rank disappears. But almost twenty years later he discovers that an old, trusted friend the only person to whom he has ever confessed his sins has published a novel mirroring Rank's life. The betrayal cuts to the deepest heart of him, and Rank will finally have to confront the tragic true story from which he's spent his whole life running away.

With the deep compassion, deft touch, and irreverent humour that have made her one of Canada's best-loved novelists, Lynn Coady delves deeply into the ways we sanction and stoke male violence, giving us a large-hearted, often hilarious portrait of a man tearing himself apart in order to put himself back together.

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User Review  - Sheila - Goodreads

Originally posted at www.bookertease.blogspot.ca Let's start with a bit of honesty here. I did not want to read this book. I remember hearing about it when it came out and heard that it was about ... Read full review

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User Review  - John Pappas - Goodreads

Everybody seems to know who Gordon Rankin is or what he should do, except Rankin himself. At least, until now. At forty, Rankin, a history teacher, reads a novel by one of his college buddies, and ... Read full review

About the author (2011)

Lynn Coady is an award-winning author, editor, and journalist. Her previous novels includeSaints of Big Harbour, which was a national bestseller and aGlobe and MailTop 100 book, andMean Boy, aGlobe and MailTop 100 book. Her popular advice column, "Group Therapy," runs weekly in theGlobe and Mail. Coady is originally from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, and is now living in Edmonton, Alberta.

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