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One Brother Shy is a #1 Canadian Bestseller

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

What a thrill it was to discover this morning that One Brother Shy has ascended to #1 on the CBC Books Canadian Fiction Bestsellers list. This is wonderful news and I’m grateful to everyone who has supported this novel including readers, booksellers, and my great team at McClelland & Stewart.

CBC Bestsellers June 17

Update:

According to the Telegraph-Journal,  One Brother Shy also seems to be doing well in New Brunswick. Thank you New Brunswickers!

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One Brother Shy: Chapter 16

Thursday, June 15th, 2017

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Welcome back to the final chapter in the podcast edition of One Brother Shy, my sixth novel.

In chapter 16, there are changes afoot at Facetech, and Alex makes some important life decisions.

Of course, your comments on One Brother Shy are always welcome here on the blog. You can also follow me on Twitter (@TerryFallis) or send me an [email protected]

I’m grateful for the support shown for the podcast. I hope you’ve enjoyed it. The novel has now been published by McClelland & Stewart (Penguin Random House) and is available in Canada wherever books are sold.

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my good friend, Roger Dey.

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One Brother Shy on The Morning Show

Tuesday, June 13th, 2017

The Morning Show

It was fun to appear on Global Television’s The Morning Show earlier today to talk about One Brother Shy. The butterflies in my gut kindly flew in formation. (Click on the photo or the link to watch it.)

One Brother Shy: Chapter 15

Friday, June 9th, 2017

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Welcome back to the podcast edition of my sixth novel, One Brother Shy.

In Chapter 15, Alex makes some progress with Dr. Wendy Weaver and then meets the mysterious girl in the red dress he’s been searching for since 2005.

Of course, your comments on One Brother Shy are always welcome here on the blog. You can also follow me on Twitter (@TerryFallis) or send me an [email protected]

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my good friend, Roger Dey.

I love independent bookstores!

Friday, June 9th, 2017

I’ve had so much support from independent bookstores since beginning this writing odyssey more than a decade ago. And it continues. It seems One Brother Shy is being well-received by customers and staff of independent booksellers. I’m deeply in their debt and cannot thank them enough.

Independent Bestsellers List (June 4)

One Brother Shy on CBC Books Bestseller List

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

CBC Books just released their Canadian Fiction Bestseller List for the week of May 28-June 3. One Brother Shy sits nicely at #3. I couldn’t be happier. Thanks to everyone who rushed out and picked up a copy as soon as it was released.

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One Brother Shy hits the Bestsellers List

Wednesday, June 7th, 2017

I was thrilled to wake up this morning to discover that One Brother Shy has hit the Paperback Bestsellers list. I’m honoured to have Margaret Atwood ahead of me. That feels like a big win to me. It’s also very cool to see just how many Canadian writers are on the list. Two-thirds of the two 15, including the top five, are Canadian.

Bookmanager June 5 Bestsellers list

My deep thanks to all those who made this happen by picking up a copy of the new novel. I’m grateful. May it continue!

 

Winnipeg Free Press Review

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

The first few weeks after a new novel drops, it’s always a rather anxious time as you await reviews from readers and critics alike. The response to One Brother Shy from readers, as reflected in the reviews on Goodreads, has been generally quite positive. But you also worry about what the critics will say.

The Winnipeg Free Press is first off the mark with their review. I’m breathing easier now.

Winnipeg Free Press Review

One Brother Shy: Chapter 14

Friday, June 2nd, 2017

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Welcome back to the podcast edition of my sixth novel, One Brother Shy.

In Chapter 14, Alex and Matt fly to New York for some very good news, and then Matt takes Alex on a stroll down memory lane.

Of course, your comments on One Brother Shy are always welcome here on the blog. You can also follow me on Twitter (@TerryFallis) or send me an [email protected]

The voiceover that opens each episode of the podcast belongs to my good friend, Roger Dey.

Happy publication day!

Tuesday, May 30th, 2017

Pub Day graphic

Today,  One Brother Shy is officially published and hits bookstores across the country. Even though it’s only been about 18 months since Poles Apart was released in October 2015, it feels like a much longer stretch.

This is the sixth time I’ve experienced a “publication day” and you might think I’d be getting accustomed to it by now. Hardly. There’s still a tightness in my gut waiting for the critics’ reviews and readers’ reactions. Compounding the anxiety is the knowledge that this novel is a little different from its predecessors. When I first read the flap copy my publisher drafted for this book, it included a line – and still does – that read “a novel unlike any of his others.” While true to a certain extent, I remember thinking it’s not that different from the rest of my novels. But you, dear readers, will be the ultimate judge, I suppose.

The four different narrators in my other five novels bear a striking resemblance in personality not only to one another, but to me as well. That’s my little writerly secret. I tend to write in my own voice. To be clear, I am not those narrators. There’s very little autobiography masquerading as fiction in those first five novels (though there is some, I concede). But their voices match mine quite closely. My narrators are generally good and kind people and at least want to do the right thing. But they are flawed in various ways. They are often hapless, sometimes helpless, occasionally hopeless, yet decent, thoughtful, and human.

The same can be said about Alex MacAskill, the narrator in One Brother Shy. Yet he not only shares similar human frailties with my earlier narrators, he is actually damaged in a way none of my other principal characters have been. You see, Alex MacAskill was rather severely traumatized at the age of 15 by a humiliating bullying incident ten years before the novel opens. And it has knocked him off his path in life. Now 24, he has still not become the person he was on track to be a decade earlier. In short, I’ve written flawed narrators in the past, but I’ve never written a damaged narrator. That was the challenge I set for myself in One Brother Shy. I’m not certain the distinction warrants the line “a novel unlike any of his others,” but I was trying step a little ways off the path I was comfortable treading in my first five novels. Having said that, I hope readers will find enough humour in the story to make it recognizable as one my novels despite this somewhat darker undertone. While I still think of it as a comic novel, it’s also a story of discovery and recovery. But in literature, as in life,  a fine line separates humour and pathos.

Anyway, One Brother Shy is out there now. I hope you like it.