The stories and novellas in History Lessons, Cary Fagan's first full-length collection of fiction, reveal the dreams and deceptions that people live by. These works have a vivid sense of place and detail as they trace the inner lives of characters. Among them: an immigrant child strives to keep her world together; an old man with a buried past finds himself involved with a troupe of avant-garde actors; a young Jewish boy comes of age through discovery and revelation.
These fictions unveil personal histories, memories, and myths with all their emotional and moral intensities. They move beyond the surface to surprising depths.
Awarded four stars by NOW Magazine
Quill & Quire called it "astonishing," and chose it as one of the season's best literary books.
"[Fagan] is a psychological realist in the best sense of the tradition." The Globe and Mail
"Poignant." Books in Canada
"Absorbing." Victoria Times-Colonist
"Charming and quietly surprising ... insightfully gentle stories." Canadian Literature.
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