Captivity Tales: Canadians in New York by Elizabeth HayCaptivity Tales: Canadians in New York by Elizabeth Hay

Captivity Tales: Canadians in New York

byElizabeth Hay

Paperback | January 1, 1993

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This early non-fiction work by critically acclaimed novelist Elizabeth Hay displays the qualities that have resonated with readers --- the pitch-perfect register of human psychology, the clear, unsentimental yet intimate sentences --- in her bestselling novels A Student of Weather, Garbo Laughs, Late Nights on Air, and Alone In the Classroom.Captivity Tales, stories of settlers kidnapped by Indians, are turned on their head in this book about captivity in the city. Stranded in New York with her family, Elizabeth Hay searches for company and finds it in the lives of other Canadians who have come to New York: Inuit visitors in th 19th century, artists like Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland, Glenn Gould and Teresa Stratas. In searching out their stories, she finds a new map, an underworld of memory and connection, which offers a way home. A fresh, engaging exploration of Canadian cultural identity, Captivity Tales evokes the desperate need to find yourself by losing yourself, and to return home by escaping from it.
Giller Prize winner and multiple Governor-General's Award finalist Elizabeth Hay's other books include Along In the Classroom, Late Nights On Air, Garbo Laughs, A Student of Weather, Small Change, The Only Snow in Havana and Crossing the Snow Line. She lives in Ottawa.Elizabeth Hay's website is
Title:Captivity Tales: Canadians in New YorkFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:154 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inShipping dimensions:8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:NEW STAR BOOKSLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0921586329

ISBN - 13:9780921586326


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Every word is a delight. Hay's prose is in fact poetry. If words were rare delicacies, than Elizabeth is a gourmet serving rich dishes. The writing is so beautiful, that you can read in mouthfuls of words. In my experience as a University and College professor, there has not been such a poetic novel since "Fugitive Pieces". This satisfying book is akin to a buffet, inviting the reader to come back for more. Even the cover art and quality of pages add to this sensuous experience. You will read it again, and again as it feeds your soul.
Date published: 2017-08-26

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Captivity tales are traditionally stories of settlers kidnapped by Indians. This unique book explores hyper-urban captivity. Elizabeth Hay offers an enthralling and refreshing examination of Canadian cultural identity and the obstacles a woman faces as mother and writer. Hay, stranded in New York with her family, searches for companionship and finds it in the lives of others who have suffered similarly, such as Michael Snow, Joyce Wieland and Glenn Gould. Captivity Tales is a brilliant and insightful personal and cultural study.