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Ascension by Steven Galloway
Jul 27, 2011 | ISBN 9780307375407

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“One of the most suspenseful introductory chapters in Canadian literature. … Once you’re a handful of paragraphs into Ascension you’re rapt; this is a book that comples attention, then holds it throughout…. His knack for a gripping story never falters.” — The Georgia Straight

“Galloway shows a rare flair for inhabiting minds at moments of exhilaration and peril…. His attention to detail lends an uncanny veracity to the skywalk passages and the book has loads of neat lore….. Ascension is a novel that has stuck in my mind, and I don’t expect it to leave any time soon.” — The Gazette (Montreal)

“Steven Galloway negotiates a mesmerizing line…. Rising above all else soars the elegance of the storytelling. Galloway’s balance on the narrative line is a pleasure to experience.” — Vancouver Sun

“This is an rengaging read. Each episode, like the high wire, is tautly strung between two places of refuge.” — Denise de Montreuil, Times-Colonist (Victoria)

“Galloway is a master of suspense, dangling his readers by an elbow or foot from a sagging wire. Throughout his tale, his storytelling left me on the edge. His narrative is so gripping that I often had to pause and take a breath before carrying on. … You simply will not put this book down until the final sentence.” — Andrew Armitage, The Sun Times (Owen Sound)

“Galloway is a born story teller. In Ascension, he takes us up to the high wire. The tale we find there — through its setting and complicated characters — is taut and compelling. Once you start, there is no safe turning back. You really must finish.” — Timothy Taylor, author of Stanley Park

“What a gorgeous novel. Salvo Ursari is a great hero, a man who lives and perhaps survives our deepest fears. Steven Galloway has imagined a story that is as alluring and spellbinding as the wire itself.” — Madeleine Thien, author of Simple Recipes

“Steven Galloway weaves his tale with the sure hand of a born storyteller.” — Thomas Wharton, author of Salamander

“Will be remembered as one of the year’s best books.” — Noah Richler, National Post

“What makes Ascension worth the read is Galloway’s storytelling powers; his is a self-possessed voice that seamlessly weds narrative and tone. . . . Galloway has the power to move and astonish, seemingly without sweat or effort.” — Quill & Quire

Praise for Finnie Walsh:

Finnie Walsh is a terrific first novel, brilliantly conceived and inventively executed, with a power house of an ending that resonates long after the book is finished — a stunning accomplishment from a young writer who deserves a close look.” — Quill & Quire

“An eminently readable and warmly witty debut with a seamless narrative and a sucker-punch ending.” — The Georgia Straight


BC Book Prize’s Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize NOMINEE 2004

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