The Good Body by Bill GastonThe Good Body by Bill Gaston

The Good Body

byBill Gaston

Paperback | April 10, 2010

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The Good Body is a triumphant blend of mordant humour and heartbreak. It tells the comic and poignant story of a retired pro-hockey ruffian named Bobby Bonaduce who is stubbornly ignoring a disease - multiple sclerosis - that may be killing him. Bobby returns to his hometown and scams his way into university in a misguided attempt to redeem his messy past and lay emotional claim to a son he abandoned twenty years earlier.

With this terrific novel, Bill Gaston demonstrates yet again that he is "a writer of great empathy, capable it seems of getting beneath the skin of anybody." (2002 Giller Prize jury)

Bill Gaston is the author of several works of fiction, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Mount Appetite, the Governor General's Literary Award finalist Gargoyles, and the acclaimed novels, Sointula, The Good Body, and The Order of Good Cheer. Gaston was the inaugural recipient of the Writers' Trust of Canada Timothy Findle...
Title:The Good BodyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:296 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.7 inPublished:April 10, 2010Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0887849601

ISBN - 13:9780887849602

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from truly Canadian novel I just finished reading this book, and I wonder why I had never read his work before. It is an amazingly insightful story, with some great turns of phrase. Several quotations I will be using in my next sociology textbook. There is more to it than you would think given that it is about a retired hockey player.
Date published: 2010-05-03