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Beggar's Garden

by Michael Christie

HarperCollins Publishers Ltd | January 17, 2011 | Hardcover

4 out of 5 rating. 2 Reviews

Brilliantly sure-footed, strikingly original, tender and funny, this memorable collection of nine linked stories follows a diverse group of curiously interrelated characters—from bank manager to crackhead to retired Samaritan to mental patient to web designer to car thief—as they drift through each other’s lives like ghosts in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside.

These darkly comic and intoxicating stories, gleefully free of moral judgment, are about people searching in the jagged margins of life—for homes, drugs, love, forgiveness. They range from the tragically funny opening story “Emergency Contact” to the audacious, drug-fuelled rush of “Goodbye Porkpie Hat” to the deranged and thrilling extreme of “King Me.” The Beggar’s Garden is a powerful and affecting debut, written with an exceptional eye and ear and heart.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: January 17, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554688299

ISBN - 13: 9781554688296

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Beggar's Garden

Beggar's Garden

by Michael Christie

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.51 × 8.66 × 0.79 in

Published: January 17, 2011

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1554688299

ISBN - 13: 9781554688296

From the Publisher

Brilliantly sure-footed, strikingly original, tender and funny, this memorable collection of nine linked stories follows a diverse group of curiously interrelated characters—from bank manager to crackhead to retired Samaritan to mental patient to web designer to car thief—as they drift through each other’s lives like ghosts in Vancouver’s notorious Downtown Eastside.

These darkly comic and intoxicating stories, gleefully free of moral judgment, are about people searching in the jagged margins of life—for homes, drugs, love, forgiveness. They range from the tragically funny opening story “Emergency Contact” to the audacious, drug-fuelled rush of “Goodbye Porkpie Hat” to the deranged and thrilling extreme of “King Me.” The Beggar’s Garden is a powerful and affecting debut, written with an exceptional eye and ear and heart.

About the Author

MICHAEL CHRISTIE received his MFA in creative writing from UBC. Previously, he worked in a homeless shelter in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside and provided outreach to the severely mentally ill. Along with being a nearly washed-up professional skateboarder, he’s currently a senior writer for Color Magazine, an award-winning skateboarding/arts publication. He lives in Victoria, B.C.

Editorial Reviews

"The Beggar’s Garden takes the pulse of history by unsentimentally dramatizing the way a certain segment of society lives now, and in so doing stands as a sympathetic and compassionate examination of modern urban loneliness and disaffection."
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