House of Anansi Press

The Antagonist

Written by Lynn Coady

Published August 03, 2011 | ISBN 9781770890428
FICTION / Literary

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Regular price $16.95 CAD

352 pages
Digital Format

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About this book

The Antagonist

Lynn Coady

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.

About the Author

Lynn Coady

Lynn Coady is the author of the bestselling novel The Antagonist, which was a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as the novels Mean Boy, Saints of Big Harbour, and Strange Heaven and the short story collection Play the Monster Blind. ? ? Website: ? ? Twitter:?

Awards and Praise
Unhinged at times, cathartic, lyrical and brave ... the reader must simply sit back and enjoy.
  • Short-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2011
  • Commended Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2011
  • Commended Toronto Star Reviewers' Top 100 Books, 2011
  • Commended Best Books: Canadian Fiction, 2011
  • Commended Washington Post Top 100 Noteable Books, 2013
  • Commended Best Books: Editors' Pick, 2011
  • Winner Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, 2012