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Two French explorers arrive in Court to charm two ships from the English King. The rest, as they say, is history . . . or perhaps not. Set in the libertine era of Restoration England, The Players embarks on a voyage of discovery with compelling characters, a magical plot, and stunning imagery. A tale of beginnings and of invention, this remarkable novel takes on the 17th ...more
Paperback, 329 pages
Published January 11th 2009 by Goose Lane Editions
(first published 2009)
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At its base, The Players is about a woman making her way through a universe ruled by men, doing whatever it takes to survive, which makes Lilly as much an explorer/adventurer as Des Groseilliers and Radisson. Lilly is the main 'player' in The Players, but in a way, all the characters are only acting their parts to achieve their true desires. The novel is also about the death of entire worlds, whole societies, replacing them with a new one, that of 'civilization.' As the explorers rue, "Civilizat ...more
Margaret is an amazing and accomplished story teller. She's used the research available as well as a rich imagination to concoct a memorable story. I shall have Lilly Cole in my head for some time. But rather than the plot, it's the writing that makes this a standout piece of literature.
Margaret Sweatman is a novelist, playwright, and lyricist. She teaches literature and creative writing and performs with the Broken Songs Band. Her three previous novels garnered Sweatman the McNally Robinson Prize for the Manitoba Book of the Year, the John Hirsch Award for the most promising Manitoba writer, the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, the ...moreMore about Margaret Sweatman...