Best-selling and multiple-award-winning author Richard B. Wright’s newest novel is the subtle and powerful story of a moment, a mistress, a murder, and a man’s search for forgiveness, even in the unlikeliest of places.
Daniel Fielding, a quiet, middle-aged editor at a Toronto book publishing house, has, until now, had it all. An attractive wife, a charming daughter who excels at her private school, and a desirable house in a nice neighbourhood add up to a successful life. If his job is becoming a little tedious and his boss a little annoying, then so be it.
But when Fielding and Denise, an attractive, young colleague, travel together to an overseas book fair, what begins as an indiscretion unexpectedly degenerates into abduction and murder. The killer is quickly caught and Fielding absolved, but how is innocence measured in such a situation? Although not responsible in the strictest sense, Fielding is left to navigate the devastation of the lives left in the wake of this random act of violence, all of whom look to him for explanation and resolution.
With Adultery, his first novel since Clara Callan, Richard B. Wright confirms his place as one of our finest writers and master storytellers.
Praise for Richard B. Wright’s Adultery:
2006 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award nominee (longlist)
A Best Book of the Year, Quill & Quire
The Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year pick
“Adultery…offers Wright’s trademark elegant prose. Wright’s language is clear, precise and moving…Wright chooses to show the man’s essential humanity, flaws and all.” —Victoria Times Colonist
“a necessary classic” —The National Post
“Like Ian McEwan’s Enduring Love, Adultery has an arresting opening…Wright’s prose is always vivid and lucid…a gripping and
memorable novel.” —The Globe and Mail
“In its description of those lives – ordinary lives thrust into the extraordinary, contorted by shame and grief, invaded by media – Adultery may have realized its greatest strengths.” —The Calgary Herald
“Wright’s style is so clear and unadorned that his writing goes down like a glass of cool water…Wright is a master at conveying the myriad ways humans deceive themselves” —Quill & Quire
Length: 243 pp
Setting: Toronto, Canada; Devon, England; Frankfurt, Germany
Period: 21st-century; contemporary
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Richard B. Wright is the author of twelve novels and a book for children. His fiction has been published in Canada, the U.S. and Europe and has won various awards including the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize, the City of Toronto Book Award, the Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award for Fiction.