The Age of Hope is being defended by Ron MacLean for Canada Reads 2013.
In his most recent novel, David Bergen gets inside the head and life of Hope Koop from late adolescence to middle age. Born in 1930 in a small town outside of Winnipeg, Hope marries the reliable and steadfast Roy Koop. The novel follows Hope through her steady, safe and predictable life as Roy's wife and the mother of their four children as she soldiers through the various ups and downs that life brings (including a stint in a mental hospital where she's treated for depression), all the while pondering the meaning and importance of her quiet existence.
The Age of Hope is Bergen's seventh novel. It was published by HarperCollins in August 2012.