The Push & the Pull by Darryl WhetterThe Push & the Pull by Darryl Whetter

The Push & the Pull

byDarryl Whetter

Paperback | April 18, 2008

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Andrew Day embarks on a bicycle trip from Halifax to Kingston, his childhood home. As he goes, the dual narratives of Andrew's life emerge: the slow, painful death of his father and the disappearance of Betty, who may be lost to him forever. He contemplates, too, the nature of desire.

En route, Andrew sloughs off his fears, material goods, and attachments. In episodes of intensifying violence, he leaves the highway and rides the back roads under the cover of night. By the time he arrives home, an epiphany greets him.

Darryl Whetter writes with compelling intensity of athleticism and degeneration, isolation and community, the weight of desire and the joy and anguish present in all things.

Darryl Whetter is the author of A Sharp Tooth in the Fur, named by the Globe and Mail as one of the top 100 books for 2003. His stories have appeared in Best Canadian Stories '05, the Fiddlehead, Prism International, broken pencil, Zygote, Exile, the Danforth Review, and the New Quarterly. He is a regular guest on CBC Radio's Talking B...
Title:The Push & the PullFormat:PaperbackDimensions:328 pages, 8.52 × 5.53 × 0.81 inPublished:April 18, 2008Publisher:GOOSE LANE EDITIONSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864925077

ISBN - 13:9780864925077

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Editorial Reviews

"Darryl Whetter's The Push & The Pull is a brash, vibrant, melancholy, sexy, and finally uplifting book about a mesmerizing father, the son who can't tear himself away, and the women who make them grow up. Whetter is intoxicated with language. He writes like a dream in a quick, urbane, and witty style. His women are gorgeous independent creatures; his men are large and infuriating; and when love happens it's explosive, passionate, and grand." — Douglas Glover, author of Elle