Author Archives: Liz Hay

Globe and Mail Interview

The Globe and Mail interviewed me about His Whole Life and about which books have meant the most to me. The first question they asked was why I wrote my new novel (later I got to talk about big-band music, Pauline Kael’s … Continue reading

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Reading Guide for His Whole Life

For readers and book clubs, we’ve compiled a series of questions that might be helpful. They range from, “Do you think worst things define people forever?” to questions about Nan and Lulu’s friendship, George’s stubbornness, Jim’s understanding of himself, and … Continue reading

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Quill & Quire

Dory Cerny in Quill & Quire writes that “after eight books, a couple of Governor General’s Literary Award nominations, and a Scotiabank Giller Prize (for 2007’s Late Nights on Air) to her credit, readers have come to expect a certain … Continue reading

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Toronto Star

Nancy Wigston in the Toronto Star writes: “In His Whole Life, Elizabeth Hay returns to the theme of duality, that tug between north and south that haunts her fiction. How lucky we are to have her, this writer who stares … Continue reading

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Already A Bestseller

Published only a week ago, on August 11, His Whole Life is already on the Globe and Mail’s best seller list for fiction. Hurray. And now — as of August 18 — it’s #3 on the best seller list in … Continue reading

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Macleans

In Macleans magazine Dilia Narduzzi reviews His Whole Life: “Hay writes an expansive novel about the meaning of loyalty, friendship, and choosing between staying and going. While there’s plenty to sink your teeth into — the intense relationships between humans and … Continue reading

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Ottawa Launch of His Whole Life

On a beautiful Sunday afternoon, August 9, more than 200 people attended the launch of His Whole Life outside the Horticulture Building in Ottawa. I’m under the canopy, like the Pope. The event was organized with flare by the Ottawa … Continue reading

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Vancouver Sun

In Tracy Sherlock’s review of His Whole Life in the Vancouver Sun, she says, “This book is about growing up and the events that make growing up harder. It’s about friends and secrets and broken marriages. It’s about doing what … Continue reading

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CBC Books

CBC Books runs a series of short interviews in which authors ask the questions. For instance, Alexi Zentner asks, “What’s your worst writing habit?” My answer: “Rewriting the first page so often it becomes pathetic.” You can read the full interview here.

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Ottawa Citizen on His Whole Life

“Hay explores power of regret in new novel.” Peter Robb’s article in the Ottawa Citizen, based on an interview with me, gives the background for His Whole Life. He writes, “Hay grapples with profound emotions in her books. That is … Continue reading

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