David Bergen

in Port Edward, British Columbia, Canada
January 01, 1957


Born in Port Edward, British Columbia, author David Bergen worked as a writer and high school English teacher in Winnipeg, Manitoba, before gaining a great deal of recognition in Canada when his novel The Time In Between won the 2005 Scotiabank Giller Prize, one of Canada's most prestigious literary awards. The novel also received a starred review in Kirkus Reviews and was longlisted for the 2007 IMPAC Award.

Bergen's debut novel, A Year of Lesser, was a New York Times Notable Book, and a winner of the McNally Robinson Book of the Year award in 1997. His 2002 novel The Case of Lena S. was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for English language fiction, and won the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award. It was also a finalist for the Mc

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The Time In Between

3.25 avg rating — 2,516 ratings — published 2005 — 20 editions
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The Age of Hope

3.44 avg rating — 1,413 ratings — published 2012 — 4 editions
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The Matter With Morris

3.33 avg rating — 398 ratings — published 2010 — 4 editions
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The Retreat

3.40 avg rating — 293 ratings — published 2008 — 6 editions
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Leaving Tomorrow

3.34 avg rating — 181 ratings — published 2014 — 4 editions
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The Case of Lena S

3.36 avg rating — 141 ratings — published 2002 — 4 editions
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A Year of Lesser

3.53 avg rating — 95 ratings — published 1997 — 3 editions
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See the Child

3.43 avg rating — 87 ratings — published 1999 — 5 editions
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Sitting Opposite My Brother

3.58 avg rating — 12 ratings — published 1993
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“The most difficult part of being a mother was to observe the mistakes of one's children: the foolish loves, the desperate solitude and alienation, the lack of will, the gullibility, the joyous and naive leaps into the unknown, the ignorance, the panicky choices and the utter determination.”
David Bergen, The Age of Hope

“Her mother had once told her that one could run away from home, from husband, from children, from trouble, but it was impossible to run away from oneself. "You always have to take yourself with you," she said. And now, bending towards her mother, Hope wondered if in death you were finally able to run away from yourself. This might be death's gift. She knew that the thought wasn't terribly profound, but she was moved by the notion of completion and of escape.”
David Bergen, The Age of Hope

“Hope had finally learned to live in the present. Often, when she found herself in a space of tremendous comfort, usually out in nature, or when her children were safe all around her and on the verge of going to bed, she forced herself to take stock. Here you are, Hope, she told herself. What a beautiful moment. You may never again be here at this spot, enjoying the calm. This habit of hers, to acknowledge the immediate and elusive joy of the present, kept her sane.”
David Bergen, The Age of Hope


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