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Canada by Richard Ford
Canada is narrated by Dell Parsons telling of the events that happened to him 50 years earlier. In 1960, Dell was a teenager living with his twin sister and his parents in Great Falls, Montana. His father, a World War II veteran who rarely held a steady job, had become involved in fraudulent activity which left him in debt to criminals. To solve the debt problems, his parents rob a bank and go to jail. Dell's sister runs away and Dell is secretly sent to Saskatchewan to live with a man named Arthur. Arthur is an American hiding from his past and needs Dell to pose as his son. But Arthur is as close as Dell comes to having a family in this lonely stretch of Canada. Richard Ford's novel has received mostly positive reviews with The Guardian saying, "Canada is a superlatively good book, richly imagined and beautifully fashioned. Although it is too early to do so, one is tempted to acclaim it a masterpiece. It catches movingly the grinding loneliness at the heart of American life - of life anywhere."