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Two teenagers, one a West Indian student, the other a lazy, wealthy German, form an odd-couple relationship after their ailing mothers are assigned to the same hospital room and reconnect years later at a very inopportune time. Original.

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WINNER OF THE 2019 SCOTIABANK GILLER PRIZE AND CBC’S BEST NOVEL OF THE YEAR, this best-selling debut novel is an energetically told, funny, and moving book about how strangers become family.

Reproduction tells a crooked love story in which love takes strange, winding paths and grows in a context shaped by community, family, longstanding friendships, and fleeting interactions that leave their mark on us forever.

Felicia, a nineteen-year-old student from a West Indian family, and Edgar, the lazy-minded and impetuous heir of a wealthy German family, meet by chance when their ailing mothers are assigned the same hospital room. After the death of Felicia’s mother and the recovery of Edgar’s, Felicia drops out of high-school and takes a job as caregiver to Edgar’s mother. The odd-couple relationship between Edgar and Felicia, ripe with miscommunications, misunderstandings, and reprisals for perceived and real offenses, has some unexpected results.

Years later, Felicia’s son Armistice—“Army” for short—is a teenager fixated on a variety of get-rich-quick schemes that are as comic as they are indicative of the immigrant son’s fear of falling through the cracks. When Edgar re-enters Felicia’s life at a typically (for him) inopportune moment, the book’s exhilarating final act is set in the motion and the full import of its title is revealed.

“This gorgeous novel vibrates with life…Stylistically inventive and narratively compelling, Reproduction is stunning.”—Aminatta Forna, author of The Memory of Love


Publisher: La Vergne : Europa Editions, 2020
ISBN: 9781609455767
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (399 p.)

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Sep 09, 2020

Wow, Wow, WOW!

The subject of this work of fiction is pretty heavy - love/sex/rape/family, but the characters are engaging and the writing is inventive and funny, even poetic. There are lots of subtle and not so subtle easter eggs: They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, No, no, no. And, as a bonus - set in Brampton! I think this would make a great audiobook, but, sadly, that isn’t an option on the VPL website.

Read STPL_JessH’s review from Sep 05, 2019.

Jul 21, 2020

First I have to say that I've never written a book review before because I can usually read anything and enjoy it. I don't understand how this book won the $100,000 Giller Prize. What a joke! I made it to page 72 with perseverance. It was the most painful read ever. The characters were one-dimensional and hard to understand and the plot was unclear. What the heck were they even talking about? The story was clearly not going to get any better so I decided not to waste one more minute of my time. I would have given it negative stars if I could've figured out how to do that.

Apr 13, 2020

Unusual format and writing style, easy to read but still literary, enjoyable read in spite of rambling story, juvenile tone and despicable characters.

Mar 23, 2020

The book did have a number of good reviews so I borrowed it and started reading. Somehow I read through it because of some strange fascination with weird chapter after chapter. It is the most disjointed and confusing book I have ever read.
This certainly shows Ian William's unique writing stye that obviously impressed a number of critics but not so much me. It was definitely not a page turner and many evenings I had to retrieve the book from the floor after slipping into a coma.
I could not recommend this to other readers as entertaining or a relaxing book to enjoy.

Mar 07, 2020

Could have been a good story but the writing got in the way. Stilted drivel . Wow what a waste of lifespan reading this mess

If this was the winner of the Giller Prize I won’t bother attempting to read any of the losers.

Feb 29, 2020

One star is generous. Boring, cringe-inducing male protagonist, needy and naive female protagonist. 448 pages in paperback - life is too short to waste on this Giller prize winner.

Feb 10, 2020

Did the author find using quotation marks to denote direct speech too onerous? There is a good reason most people who write books use them- so their readers can figure out who is speaking.
So this novel won a Giller prize? I have only one thing to say " the Emperor has no clothes on."

Jan 06, 2020

I know this book won the 2019 Giller prize but what a letdown! I could only finish a few chapters. I don't like the writing style at all nor the protagonists.

Jan 03, 2020

Too base for my taste. Won't bother to search out Gillers again.

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