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House of Anansi Press

The O'Briens

Written by Peter Behrens

Published April 28, 2012 | ISBN 9781770890336

Cover of The O'Briens

Regular price $18.95 CAD

528 pages | 8 in × 5.25 in
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Also Available as an Ebook

About this book

The O'Briens

Peter Behrens

The O'Briens follows the family from The Law of Dreams two generations later: Joe O’Brien is coming of age in a new century in remote Pontiac County, Quebec, with his two brothers and two sisters by his side. Their father has abandoned the family and died in the South African war; their frail mother has remarried the abusive and lecherous Mick Heaney. Joe and his siblings escape the poverty and violence of the Pontiac, but as Joe travels the continent, building a business and a bright young family with his wife, Iseult, he is never quite able to leave his past behind.

Told from the perspectives of Joe, Iseult, and their children and spanning the construction of the Canadian railroad as well as both world wars, this is a majestic novel that mirrors the scope and sweep of what Wilfrid Laurier calls "Canada's Century." Tragic, romantic, and as vivid as the novel that preceded it, The O'Briens is an epic of great heart, imagination, and narrative force.

About the Author

Peter Behrens

Peter Behrens is a novelist and short-story writer who won the 2006 Governor General's Award for fiction. He lives in Maine, USA. Visit Peter Behrens' website: http://www.peterbehrens.org Visit Peter Behrens' blog: http://www.autoliterate.blogspot.com/ Follow Peter Behrens on Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/phbehrens

Awards and Praise
Time and time again, Behrens proves himself a first-rate seanchaí, the Irish term for a storyteller, by bringing the O’Brien clan to life on the page.
  • Commended New York Times Editors' Choice, 2012