House of Anansi Press

Dr. Brinkley's Tower

Written by Robert Hough

Published February 21, 2012 | ISBN 9780887843198
FICTION / Literary

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424 pages | 8 in × 5.25 in
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Dr. Brinkley's Tower

Robert Hough

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Longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award: Fiction

Equal parts Mark Twain and Gabriel García Márquez, Robert Hough's wildly imaginative new novel takes us to 1931 and Corazón de la Fuente, a tiny Mexican border town where the only industry is a run-down brothel. Enter Dr. Romulus Brinkley and his gargantuan radio tower, built to broadcast his revolutionary goat-gland fertility operation. Fortunes in Corazón change overnight, but not all for the good. Word of the new prosperity spreads, and the town is overrun by the impoverished, the desperate, and the flat-out criminal. The tower's frequencies are so powerful the whole area glows green, and the signal is soon broadcasting through every bit of metal it can find: fencing wire, toasters, even a young woman's new braces. Meanwhile, Dr. Brinkley has attracted the affections of Violeta Cruz, Corazón’s most beautiful resident. But is he really all that he seems?

Peopled with unforgettable characters and capturing a young Mexico caught between its own ambitions and the imperialist designs of its neighbour to the north, Dr. Brinkley’s Tower is a stunning achievement in storytelling.

About the Author

Robert Hough

Robert Hough’s novels have been nominated for numerous awards, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the Trillium Book Award, and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. His most recent novel, Dr. Brinkley’s Tower, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Governor General’s Literary Award. He lives in Toronto.

Awards and Praise
  • Short-listed Governor General's Literary Award: Fiction, 2012
  • Long-listed Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2012
  • Commended Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2012