Category Archives: His Whole Life

Literary Sofa

Isabel Costello from the Literary Sofa, one of the best fiction blogs in the UK, included His Whole Life in her roundup of the best Spring 2017 titles. Now she has gilded the lily by featuring the novel with a … Continue reading

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NOW’s Top 10 Best Books

His Whole Life made the Top 10 Books of 2015 in NOW Toronto Magazine, with this citation: “Hay’s expertly realized novel, set during the 1955 Quebec referendum, is a poignant portrait of a complex family dealing with loss and regret, riffing on … Continue reading

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CBC Winter Reading List

CBC Books has drawn up a list of twelve books to banish winter blues and included His Whole Life as one of the twelve. For the full list click here.

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NOW Magazine

A four N review by Susan G. Cole of His Whole Life in Toronto’s NOW Magazine calls the novel “superb,” “a poignant portrait of a complex family dealing with loss and regret.” Well, to be accurate, she says, “nevertheless superb,” because … Continue reading

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Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Finalist

It was a great pleasure to have His Whole Life on the shortlist for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, 2015. The jury’s citation reads: Set on the cusp of personal and national change, His Whole Life is a resonant and penetrating novel that … Continue reading

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Interview by Shelagh Rogers

Shelagh Rogers did an on-stage interview with me about His Whole Life for The First Chapter, her CBC Radio books program. We spoke on a beautiful Saturday afternoon at the Woody Point Writers’ Festival in Woody Point, Newfoundland. Listen to … Continue reading

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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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