The Antagonist

The Antagonist

Lynn Coady

A piercing epistolary novel, The Antagonist explores, with wit and compassion, how the impressions of others form, pervert, and flummox either our perceptions of ourselves and our very nature.

Gordon Rankin Jr., aka “Rank,” thinks of himself as “King Midas in reverse”—and certainly misfortune turns out to stick with him at each flip. opposed to his will and his nature, he has lengthy been considered—given his huge, immense measurement and strength—a goon and enforcer by means of his classmates, by means of his hockey coaches, and, no longer least, by means of his “tiny, offended” father. He gamely lives as much as their expectancies, till a vicious accident forces him to escape underground. Now pushing 40, he discovers that an outdated, relied on buddy from his university days has released a singular that borrows freely from the nerve-racking occasions of Rank’s personal existence. Outraged via this betrayal and feeling cruelly misrepresented, he bashes out his personal model of his tale in a barrage of e-mails to the novelist that diversity from humorous to livid to heartbreaking.

With The Antagonist, Lynn Coady demonstrates the entire presents that experience made her one among Canada’s most precious younger writers. right here she offers us an impressive tale of sons and fathers and moms, of the rewards and betrayals of male friendship, and a large-spirited, hilarious, and exhilarating portrait of a guy tearing his lifestyles aside with a view to positioned himself again jointly.

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