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Michael Christie

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Thunder Bay, Canada
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MICHAEL CHRISTIE is the award-winning author of the novel If I Fall, If I Die, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Kirkus Prize, was selected as a New York Times Editors' Choice Pick, and was on numerous best-of 2015 lists. His linked collection of stories, The Beggar's Garden, was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, shortlisted for the Writers' Trust Prize for Fiction, and won the Vancouver Book Award. His essays and book reviews have appeared in the New York Times, the Washington Post, and the Globe & Mail.

Greenwood, his most was released in September 2019. A bestseller in Canada, it has been nominated for numerous awards.

A former carpenter and homeless shelter worker, he divides his time between Victoria, Br
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Greenwood

4.38 avg rating — 3,214 ratings — published 2019 — 15 editions
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If I Fall, If I Die

3.31 avg rating — 2,135 ratings — published 2015 — 13 editions
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The Beggar's Garden

3.80 avg rating — 491 ratings — published 2011 — 8 editions
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An Ideal Companion: Short S...

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Michael and 3 other people liked Kyra's review of Greenwood:
Greenwood by Michael Christie
"A bit slow to start but my god, once I got into it I could not stop. Reminded me a bit of the Overstory. Loved the time shifting style, loved all of it. Anyone who breathes air should read this book, the trees want you to."
Greenwood by Michael Christie
"Michael Christie's newest novel (2019) is an epic tale, spanning five generations. Much of the tale is quite beyond belief, but one can ignore that for the sake of the story--rather like a saga in that respect. The structure--moving from the near fut" Read more of this review »
Greenwood by Michael Christie
"Thank you to Penguin Random House and Goodreads for the ARC of Greenwood.
A fantastic novel that I enjoyed from the start. So many intertwined stories of bloodlines(true or false), hearty lumber and compassion.
Could not put it down once I stepped in" Read more of this review »
Greenwood by Michael Christie
"This is a great book to sink into, and if you're familiar with the west coast of N America, you will find much to identify with and be grateful for in these pages. However, what I'd like to say here is a big thank you to McClelland & Stewart (Canadia" Read more of this review »
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“The Outside had taught him that there wasn't much difference between loving someone and being afraid for them. Loving a person meant need them to stay: alive, around. But the shadow that love can't help cast is fear: fear that they won't stay alive or around - fear they'll be reckless, or doomed, or just walk away and not consider you ever again. With love, you're scared it will disappear. With fear, you're scared it never will. The trick, Will understood now but would never quite manage to put into practice, was getting used to both of them at the same time. It was living in between.”
Michael Christie, If I Fall, If I Die

“Still, Temple has no illusions concerning her library's impact. Her books won't lift anyone from their low station. They won't right wrongs or save wandering souls from perdition or fill grumbling stomachs. But they might let a few scraps of sunlight fall into some lean, desolate lives. And that's something.

'The Greatest Library of Estevan, Saskatchewan”
Michael Christie, Greenwood

“It's not a prison if you've built it yourself... It's a fortress.”
Michael Christie, If I Fall, If I Die

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“Take heart, she seems to say. The world has been on the brink of ending before. The dust has always been waiting to swallow us. People have always struggled and suffered. Your poverty is not shameful. It is not a failure of your character. Life, by its very nature, is precarious. And your struggles are never for nothing.”
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