“Every story,” says Cary Fagan, “tries to put into words something for which there are no words.” The author of six novels and three story collections, as well as many award-winning books for children, Cary explores this ambiguity within his characters’ lives.  His novel The Student focuses on a young woman in 1957 who abandons her safe, high-achieving life in order to follow her activist boyfriend to the States. A half-century later, on the eve of her son’s wedding, Miriam must reckon with her past. With innovative structure, delicate prose, and intelligently crafted characters, Cary explores how we are shaped by — and can eventually overcome — the constraints of the times we occupy.

Cary also presents one of his recent picture books as part of our Authors@Schools program. What Are You Doing, Benny? is a sweet, moving portrait of sibling relationships in which younger children will surely recognize themselves.

Other books include A Bird’s Eye (finalist for the Rogers Trust Fiction Prize, an Amazon.ca Best Book of the Year) and the story collection My Life Among the Apes (longlisted for the Giller Prize, Amazon.ca Best 100 Books of 2013). Cary was born and raised in Toronto, where he lives. 

Appearing in: Authors@School, 13. Two Authors, Two Women, Two Flights: Fiction

Website: www.caryfagan.com
Books: www.penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/247869/what-are-you-doing-benny; The Student (not posted yet – Free Hand Books)