Fourteen years after being wrongfully convicted of a murder, Mister Myrden is pardoned and released from prison. Stepping back into the world, he feels overwhelmed and disorientated on the outside. When he returns to his old neighbourhood, a street where violence lurks behind practically every door, he finds himself out of place and ambivalent to his wife, who is living in another man's house, to his friends, who want both to celebrate and to provoke further violence, and to the one million dollars compensation he has received from the government. What Myrden wants is his daughter, now married to an abusive man, and his beloved granddaughter out of that neighbourhood.
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After fourteen years in prison, Myrden is released, proven innocent by new DNA evidence. Greeted by friends and enemies, and a wife who'd lost no time moving on while he was away, he is now unwittingly famous as he awaits a hefty financial settlement from the government.
Myrden clings to his young granddaughter and to a girlfriend from his past, hoping the money can free them from the cycles of revenge and failure that have marked his life. But it's not easy to leave the old neighborhood behind.
Written in a prose that brilliantly reflects Myrden’s cautious evaluation of everyone and everything in the outside world, INSIDE pulls the reader forward with the quiet gravity of Greek tragedy.
Praise for Inside:
"A tough, unrelenting novel, thrilling and darkly eloquent and, in the end, a celebration of what life offers in even the harshest of circumstances." --John Banville
"Brilliant. . . . There is no other writer like him, Canadian or otherwise." ―The Globe and Mail
"Edgy, redemptive and utterly compelling." ―Elle Magazine
Praise for The Town That Forgot How to Breathe:
"An eerie and gripping story, the work of an extravagantly haunted imagination" --J.M. Coetzee
"A novel of dazzling ambition and strange, haunting loveliness" --Joseph O'Connor, author of Star of the Sea
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Book Description Vintage, 2007. Paperback. Book Condition: Brand New. 288 pages. 7.76x5.12x0.71 inches. In Stock. Bookseller Inventory # zk0099488760