The Architects Are Here: A Novel

Paperback | September 9, 2008

byMichael Winter

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When Gabriel English’s partner Nell doesn’t come home from work one day, he connects with longtime friend David Twombly for a trip back to their hometown in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where years back all their lives began to unravel with a tragic drowning. As the journey progresses, secrets are unveiled, a friendship is tested, and there is a run-in with the Hurley family, a family both men have feared since childhood. In The Architects Are Here, Winter’s fifth and most emotionally resonant novel to date, he explores the nature of grief and friendship in unwaveringly powerful prose, and sheds light on who we are and how we go on when the future seems uncertain.

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When Gabriel English’s partner Nell doesn’t come home from work one day, he connects with longtime friend David Twombly for a trip back to their hometown in Corner Brook, Newfoundland, where years back all their lives began to unravel with a tragic drowning. As the journey progresses, secrets are unveiled, a friendship is tested, and t...

MICHAEL WINTER is the author of The Architects Are Here, which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and The Big Why, which was shortlisted for the Trillium Book Award and longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. His previous novel, The Death of Donna Whalen, was nominated for the Writers' Trust Fiction P...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8.25 × 5.25 × 1 inPublished:September 9, 2008Publisher:Penguin CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0143055704

ISBN - 13:9780143055709

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from We enjoyed this My partner and I both read this recently, but also other books of Winter's. That works. One gets the Newfoundland stories of the characters' past and they flow together. Stream of consciousness descriptions held us captive. Mixed with Toronto stories, we liked how they flow. Unique style and they grabbed us. Also recommend Minister Without Portfolio. Intelligent read both. DJ / FR
Date published: 2015-12-21
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Your Typical Newfoundland Story The Architects are Here, by Michael Winter, tells the story of friends from Newfoundland who travel back to the island to visit an ailing father. Their journey across Canada to get back home reveals more of the story of their shared and independent pasts. While the story was good, there were parts of the book that I hated and didn’t find believable. At the end of the book, I was left with a feeling of sadness over the entire story. Not one of my favourite books of 2008.
Date published: 2008-12-26

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"A flamboyant gem of a novel... an intense, textured, tangled love story... puts Winter in the front rank of writers worth reading."—The Globe & Mail"Supreme originality, shattering insight... Michael Winter is well on his way to having one of the most distinctive voices in Canadian literature."—Winnipeg Free Press"Beautifully written, doleful and comic and heartfelt, this just might be the book to bring the 42-year-old Winter the broader audience many think he has long deserved."—Edmonton Journal"Brainy and ambitious – just like its author."—Toronto Life