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Doing the Heart Good

Doing the Heart Good

(2002)
A novel by

 
Winner of the 2002 Hugh MacLennan Prize for Fiction.

"A breathless silence. Night creeping in beyond the trees, sky a dapple of blue on the darkening leaves. Stars appeared. I went to bed. They burned my home. So everything changes."

The beginning of Neil Bissoondath'sDoing theHeart Good marks the end of a seventy-year-old man's independent life. Alistair Mackenzie - widower, father, grandfather, retired professor, lover of Dickens and good sherry - is forced to move in with his daughter and her family, bringing with him only a few medals, pyjamas that still bear the smell of smoke, and memory - that territory, alien and untrustworthy, unfailingly inhabited by a familiar stranger.

Seeking to come to terms with a life he has never anticipated, fearful of disappearing after his death, he examines significant episodes from his shattered past, revisiting a lifetime of love and quarrels, friendship and betrayal, war and peace. As he performs that strange and wonderful dance of moving forward while also looking back, the past begins to lend coherence to the confused present and to reveal the thread that connects him to his new future with his daughter, his son-in-law, and his grandson. A sedentary man quietly living out the final years of life, Alistair Mackenzie must learn how to adapt to his place in time - and how not to let the rest of his life pass him by, his family become strangers, his achievements be forgotten.

A novel of memory - of what it means, how it informs, how it can salvage tomorrow from the debris of yesterday - written at the very height of a great artist's power.

 
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Hardback Editions

February 2002 : USA Hardback
Title: Doing the Heart Good
Author(s): NEIL BISSOONDATH
ISBN: 0-7432-2020-X / 978-0-7432-2020-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: SCRIBNER
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

2002 : Canada Hardback
Title: Doing the heart good
Author(s): Neil Bissoondath
ISBN: 1-896951-35-X / 978-1-896951-35-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Cormorant Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

Paperback Editions

August 2003 : Canada Paperback
Title: Doing the Heart Good
Author(s): Neil Bissoondath
ISBN: 1-896951-64-3 / 978-1-896951-64-5 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Cormorant Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2003 : USA Paperback
Title: Doing the Heart Good
Author(s): Neil Bissoondath
ISBN: 0-7432-2021-8 / 978-0-7432-2021-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Scribner
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   



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