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Cary Fagan is the acclaimed author of six novels and three story collections. His books include A Bird’s Eye (finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, an Amazon.ca Best Book of the Year), the story collection My Life Among the Apes (longlisted for the Giller Prize, Amazon.ca Best 100 Books of 2013), and Valentine’s Fall (finalist for the Toronto Book Award).

Cary is also an award-winning author for children. In 2014 Cary was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award for Literature for Young People for his body of work.

His kids’ books include the popular Kaspar Snit novels and the picture book Mister Zinger’s Hat, winner of the Marilyn Baillie Picture Book Award and the IODE Jean Throop Award. He has been shortlisted for the Silver Birch Award (five times), the Rocky Mountain Book Award (twice), the Hackmatack Award (twice), and others.

Cary was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives with his family.

Cary’s work has been translated into several languages.

Cary enjoys hearing from his readers. You can write to him at info@caryfagan.com. For the latest news, see news & events.

The Student

The Student is a portrait of a life in two snapshots.

It’s 1957 and Miriam Moscowitz is starting her final year of university with unwavering ambition. She is a serious and passionate student of literature who studies hard, dates a young Jewish man with a good job, and is the apple of her father’s eye and the worry of her mother’s. But then, in a single moment, her dreams crumble around her.

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The Old World

These thirty-five brief stories — and the found photographs that inspired them — are by turns realistic and surreal, bloody and tender, delightful and appalling. Award-winning author Cary Fagan has created a mesmerizing series of narrative tales, giving readers a vivid peek into the lives of strangers.

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What I Learned in Florida

In these nine brief essays the young author-to-be learns that he is only the fourth-funniest in his class, sees a dead body, contemplates artistic failure, goes fishing, and tips over in a chair.

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A Bird’s Eye

Growing up in a Jewish neighbourhood in the 1930s in Toronto, young Benjamin Kleeman falls in love, first with Corrine Foster and then with magic.

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My Life Among the Apes

Cary began his literary career writing short stories, and now, after five novels, he returns to his first love.

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Valentine’s Fall

No one is certain whether Valentine meant to jump that day, or if falling from the high school roof (wearing a suit of armour stolen from the Royal Ontario Museum) was a mishap in his attempt to win back his girlfriend.

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Felix Roth

In the summer of 1979, 21-year-old Felix Roth arrives in Manhattan, sent by the Roth family to look after his older brother who is threatening to disappear into a Hasidic sect. But Felix has a plan of his own — to meet the great Yiddish writer Isaac Bashevis Singer and show him his one finished short story.

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The Mermaid of Paris

In the spring of 1900, the peaceful life of Henry Church, inventor, amateur ornithologist, and performer of puppet theatricals for the local children is undermined by the growing distance of his wife, the beautiful and enigmatic Margaret.

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Sleeping Weather

Sleeping Weather is intense, lyrical, and emotionally charged. Leon Stone, the protagonist, is a man with a criminal past who finds his life blessed with good fortune.

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The Little Underworld of Edison Wiese

A waiter who aspires to greatness must make it the sole occupation of his life. We are here to be minor players in the dramas of others, not to dwell on our own. It is a sacrifice, but worth everything to make.

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The Animals’ Waltz

Sheila Hersh is spending her early thirties leading a double life. She hangs out at the cool Firenze Bar at night, has a closetful of black clothes, and is even the reluctant star of an underground film. By day she writes ad copy for her father’s store, Hersh's House of Mattresses.

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The Doctors’ House

“Nobody who knows Fagan’s writing will be surprised at either the compelling narrative pace of his ‘miniature’ or the poetry of his language and imagery.”

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The Little Black Dress

Twelve tales of North Americans in Paris and the south of France that are by turns witty, sensual, moving, and surprising.

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History Lessons

The stories and novellas in Cary Fagan’s first full-length collection of fiction reveal the dreams and deceptions that people live by.

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City Hall and Mrs God

An exploration of a city in upheaval. Cary Fagan paints a personal and far-ranging portrait of the city he was born in, but to which he seems more and more a stranger.

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