SHORTLISTED FOR THE 2010 HUGH MACLENNAN PRIZE
SHORTLISTED FOR THE ARTHUR ELLIS AWARDS 2010 - BEST NOVEL
'Harrowing... entertaining as well as educating' TLS
'Teenager Celeste has a vocation, fighting those who hunt wildlife to extinction in the forests of her native Quebec. When American fugitive Nile finds her beaten and left for dead, he is drawn into a criminal underworld as dangerous as that of any city. This quirky, often humorous tale is a coming-of-age drama with a difference, a story with wildlife at its heart, which exposes the truth about human nature and makes a powerful, sobering point; if we continue to plunder the natural world, the planet will lose its diversity and humanity risks losing its soul.' Waterstone's Books Quarterly
'Animals don't have rights, and they don't torture beings for fun. So why do we call people civilized? Will leave readers swiping at tears.’ Kirkus Reviews, STARRED REVIEW
‘If you took a Jack Reacher novel, gave it a twist, and added equal measures of noir and offbeat humor, you'd wind up with something like this book… A memorable thriller.' Booklist
'Gripping and incisive. Moore integrates the novel’s philosophical inquiries into violence and predation with an undeniably dynamic plot. His is not another plotless Canadian novel, nor is it merely one gun-filled chase through the woods after another. These gun chases are punctuated with compelling ideas…' Globe and Mail
‘A masterful flair for characterization and quick-witted dialogue… a moving and playful novel about the ultimate strength of human connections and the unquenchable will to persist in the face of hardship.’ Quill & Quire
'Set in a testosterone-gone-wrong hunters' backwater in today's Laurentian Mountains, it employs plot twists and graphic violence that would easily qualify for a Coen brothers' screenplay. Most important, the novel displays a wizardry with language, especially wordplay, that has parallels in the works of some of Moore's favourite writers—Saul Bellow, Vladimir Nabokov and David Mitchell.’ Winnipeg Free Press
'Sensitive, witty, and believable.' The Leeds Guide
'Moore weaves strands of menace throughout as he builds towards the
novel's claustrophobic close. Chilling and horrifying, this is a novel
to make you question the good in humanity.' Time Out
'The Extinction Club is a fantastic tour de force, as sophisticated as it is brutal.' Heather O’Neill, author of Lullabies for Little Criminals
‘Narrated in two voices, Nile’s and Celeste’s, it’s simultaneously a story about the search for identity and a meditation on the survival of the fittest in a culture that preys upon defenceless things. The two principal characters are superbly developed and their relationship is the winning formula for a great book.’ RTE Guide
'Brain-engraving imagery… A thrilling and chilling yarn about an addict on the run, attempted murder, redemption and organized animal cruelty in rural Quebec… Although Moore’s Laurentians are entirely imagined, he crafts a better, more believable, hope-filled and page-turning reality.' Telegraph-Journal
'Nile is funnier, wiser, more observant and better read than just about anybody he comes across … His healing of Céleste will ultimately heal him, and repair whatever thwarted or unfulfilled paternal issues he may have left behind. He is, in a word, a sane man in a crazy world.' Toronto Star
'Hallucinogenic, mind-bending… Moore deftly transforms the Laurentians from idyllic cottage country to a macabre landscape filled with predatory humans … Its eerie undercurrent calls to mind a David Lynch film.' Montreal Gazette
On an icy late November night deep in the Canadian Laurentian mountains, Nile hears the thud of something being dumped. Inside a burlap sack he finds the bloodied but breathing body of a teenage girl and the peace he hoped to find up in the north vanishes. Against his better judgement, Nile resolves to treat Celeste's wounds and is soon embroiled in her fight to stop the local hunters torturing and exterminating the wildlife - local hunters whose leader is about to come out of jail and who want Celeste dead. Nile and Celeste, two misfits whose friendship grows ever stronger, decide to turn the tables and hunt the hunters.
The Extinction Club is a powerful and poignant depiction of wildlife plunder and of those who dare to oppose it. It is also a darkly comic tale, in which the very urban Nile and the country-smart, near-genius Céleste teach each other about life and death, love and loss.
Hamish Hamilton/Penguin Canada
Bertrand Editora Portugal
De Arbeiderspers NL
Tiderne Skifter Denmark
Payot & Rivages France
ISBN Edizioni Italy
Material: finsihed copies (368pp).
WINNER OF THE 2005 CANADIAN AUTHORS ASSOCIATION AWARD
Shortlisted for the Rogers' Writers Trust Award, Hugh MacLennan Prize, Words Worthy Award & Sunburst Award
Noel Burun is hypermnesiac: he cannot forget anything, and when people speak he sees their words as colours, his comprehension dependent on their manner of speech. His mother, Stella has Alzheimer’s. In the same house, a man who remembers too much, and a woman who cannot remember at all. Norval is Noel’s double, and a man whose memory is tainted by an unfinished love story, while JJ, who is trapped by nostalgia for his childhood, and Samirah – who is trying to escape a former identity – may yet revive Stella from her seemingly fatal condition…
The outstanding, hilarious second novel from a writer whose work is so “full of quirks and quick-turns, wit and erudition” (The Guardian) that readers will find THE MEMORY ARTISTS impossible to put down.
' A book that combines smartness with wisdom. Almost absurdly inventive.' David Mitchell, author of Cloud Atlas, Telegraph Books of the Year.
'Moore's finely honed wit had me barking with laughter...all the hallmarks of his fiction are here. They include an ability to create engaging characters, and a fine balance of warmth, insight and eviscerating humour.' The Independent
'....wonderfully intense.' The Lancet
'Moore's second novel is a model of inventiveness.....he shows great skill in his depictions of people's feelings.' Times Literary Supplement
‘This is a rich novel, erudite and funny… a pleasure to read; it's strangely uplifting to spend time with these flawed but humane characters.’ New York Times
'An exceptionally entertaining and clever novel which explores the intricacies of human memory while drawing a touching portrait of human relationships. Moore manages that rare combination of postmodern hyperintelligence, emotional insightfulness and cutting humor.' US Library Journal starred review
'Twisted, tragicomic and extremely entertaining.....The Memory Artists is one of those few novels that can pack in humour, pathos, satire, love, friendship, hope and cynicism all within one volume........Like Life of Pi, The Memory Artists is one of those tales too fantastic to be true, yet so convincingly told that we can almost believe it. By turns puzzling, heartbreaking and laugh out loud funny, Jeffrey Moore's witty prose will leave the reader out of breath at the end, wondering what the hell just happened.' The Link
'A metafictive puzzle box, a carefully structured collage of narrative voices...The novel is a delight...challenging, often beautiful, and frequently inspired narrative play.' Straight (Vancouver)
'..a writer of rare elegance and wit, not averse to using slapstick academic farce when it suits his purpose. The Memory Artists is an utterly ingenious work.' Harbourfront Readings
'Jeffrey Moore's The Memory Artists is a quick witted, hilarious contemporary tale of the tricks of memory and the senses.' Edinburgh- Festivals.com
'The Memory Artists is a marvel.' The Edmonton Journal
'Leaves the reader spellbound.' Scotland on Sunday
'Canadian Moore exhibits a nimble, sprightly touch...dashing...heart-wrenching.' Publishers Weekly
Weidenfeld & Nicolson UK
Marcos y Marcos Italy
St Martin's Press USA
Editions Philippe Rey France
XYZ Editeur Quebec
Bertrand Editora Portugal
Tiderne Skifter Denmark
Janet 45 Bulgaria
Litera International Romania
Material: UK paperback, US bound proof (316 pages).
WINNER OF THE 2000 COMMONWEALTH PRIZE for BEST FIRST BOOK & a QSPELL Literary Award Finalist.
It is by no means clear just how much control Jeremy Davenant has over his own destiny. For he is convinced that the blueprint of his future already exists - on a page ripped from a random book. Romantic, fatalistic, quixotic, he blithely teaches with forged credentials at a Montreal university while waiting for his life to unfold. And unfold it does - one glance from a dark lady in the street below, and his life veers into chaotic mischance and obsession.The trouble is, the world is full of signs for Jeremy. The Page - ripped out of an encyclopaedia and given to him by his Uncle Gerard - is supposed to chart out his life; which explains why the Zulu tyrant Shaka, the Indian love epic Shakuntala, and the city of Shakhtyorsk in the Ukraine all start to feature in his life - along with William Shakespeare and, of course, his Dark Lady.
But Milena's life (not to mention her sexual identity) requires as much decoding as the Page, and Jeremy stumbles after her into farce and - for a brief spell - bliss.
'A lively, clever, entertaining, heartfelt, emotional rite of passage. Moore's satirical view of academia has real bite. His ability to craft engaging scenes with witty dialogue and solid character work promises well for the future.' Publishers' Weekly
'Reminiscent of early John Irving.' The Guardian
'Confident, amused and amusing.' The Observer
'A sparkling first novel… It is a clever book, dense with literary allusions, but also a heart-warming one, with a thoroughly likeable hero, as romantic as he is accident-prone. The extravagance of the plot is matched by the exuberance of the writing … literate, literary fiction, but without a hint of academic mustiness.' Sunday Telegraph
' Exuberant and smart… signals the arrival of a new sophisticated comic author who combines John Irving's inventive virtuosity with Tom Green's contempt for everything stuffy and comfy in our culture. The architecture of Moore's novel is superb. He casts some surprisingly fresh aspersions upon academe and establishes a voice that's both ornate an deadpan.' National Post
Thistledown Press Canada
Weidenfeld & Nicholson UK
Penguin Putnam USA (rights reverted)
Serpent a Plumes France
Editions de la Pleine Lune Quebec
Marcos y Marcos, Italy
Bertrand Editora Portugal
Material: Finished copies (391pp)