Author: Ian Williams
About the book:
An internationally bestselling debut novel: an energetically told, funny and moving book about how strangers become family.
Reproduction tells a crooked love story which takes strange, winding paths shaped by community, family and fleeting interactions that leave an inedible imprint.
Felicia, a nineteen-year-old West Indian student, and Edgar, an impetuous heir of a wealthy German family, meet when their ailing mothers are assigned the same hospital room. An odd-couple relationship blooms between Edgar and Felicia, ripe with miscommunications and reprisals for perceived and real offences that have some unexpected results.
Fast-forward, their son Armistice is a teenager fixated on a variety of get-rich-quick schemes that are as comic as they are indicative of the immigrant son's fear of falling through the cracks. When Edgar re-enters Felicia's life at a typically inopportune moment, the book's exhilarating final act is set in the motion and Reproduction is revealed.
About the author:
Multi award-winning poet, short story writer, and novelist Ian Williams was named one of the 'ten Canadian writers to watch out for' by the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation in 2018. Williams holds a PhD in English from the University of Toronto and is currently an assistant professor of poetry in the Creative Writing programme at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver. Reproduction, his debut novel, won the 2019 Scotiabank Giller Prize - the highest accolade for literature in Canada.