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Michael Christie

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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 recent novel, will be released in September 2019.

A former carpenter and homeless shelter worker, he divides his time between Victoria, British Columbia, and Galiano Island, where he
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If I Fall, If I Die

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The Beggar's Garden

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"Greenwood is about family, the ones we tumble into and the ones we forge. It's about how we find our place in the world, how we fuckitup, how we do the best we know how. It's about tapping trees and riding the rails. It's about nearly unbearable l..." Read more of this review »
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"Astonishing. Like the trees and forests that form the backdrop of much of this book, Greenwood is a remarkable, majestic whole, comprised of characters big and small, and stories both epic and modest.

Greenwood is the sort of book you encounter on..." Read more of this review »
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"Does for Western Canada what John Steinbeck’s East of Eden did for Salinas Valley, California. 1908 to 2038, multi generational saga of the Greenwood family. I read this slowly, savouring every scene and there were so many memorable ones. This nov..." Read more of this review »
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"Pure classic storytelling that'll leave you shattered. Like if one of the best threads of U.S.A.: The 42nd Parallel / 1919 / The Big Money were the heart of the book and the intersecting stories instead were all directly deepening that one primary..." 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

“It's not a prison if you've built it yourself... It's a fortress.”
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“The boy stepped Outside, and he did not die.”
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