The Long Stretch

The Long Stretch

A Novel

Book - 2006
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From the Giller Prize-winning author of The Bishop's Man comes a mesmerizing novel in the tradition of Alistair MacLeod, David Adams Richards and Ann-Marie MacDonald.

In one apocalyptic night, John Gillis and his estranged cousin, Sextus, confront a half century of half-truths and suppositions that have shaped and scarred their lives, their families and their insular Cape Breton community. Telling stories that unravel a host of secrets, they begin to realize that they were damaged before they were born, their fathers and a close friend forming an unholy trilogy in a tragic moment of war. Among the roots of a complex andpainful relationship, they uncover the truth of a fateful day John has spent 20 years trying to forget.

Taut and brilliantly paced, The Long Stretch is etched with quiet humour and crafted with fiery dialogue.

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins, 2006
Edition: Harper Perennial trade pbk. ed
ISBN: 9780006395836
Branch Call Number: F MAC 2006 NVD
Characteristics: 252 p


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brianreynolds Jun 20, 2012

Linden MacIntyre's <i>The Long Stretch</i> might be a pun, a direct reference to an area of Cape Breton, Nova Scotia in the neighbourhood of present day Port Hastings and an indirect reference to the book-length conversation between two long-parted cousins. I think it would be unfair to add the image of a reader mid-yawn, preparing for a long sleep. Unfair because, although it is a "quiet" book, it is captivatingly moving. And it moves with the grace and skill of a writer seasoned well beyond his first novel. Readers! Prepare yourself for a stream of consciousness that meanders across both time and place conforming itself to the Maritime landscape more like a muskeg string bog than a mountain creek. Steel yourself for love lost and bitterness rekindled, for wilful ignorance and blind ambition in a family's saga from the post-World War II era through the generation that followed it. Resign yourself to an ending that sheds light on the past without giving away much of anything about the future, to a gun that isn't loaded, to a story that wrestles constantly with history without revealing how or even whether it has the power to transform the present.

Nov 29, 2010

These books should be read in order of writing.

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