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Explore the 2012 shortlist


Each year, the prestigious Scotiabank Giller Prize celebrates the finest Canadian fiction published in the past year. The author of one of these five shortlisted books will win $50,000 at the gala broadcast in Toronto on Tuesday, October 30. You can explore the shortlist through excerpts, interview clips, and other features on this site. Also remember to enter our Guess The Giller contest for a chance to win great prizes.  




419

About the book: Writer Will Ferguson is known for his comedic chops, which has led to several awards including three Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour wins. But in 419, Ferguson presents a dark thriller that spans several continents as his characters explore the criminal underworld behind the famous Nigerian internet scams. The perspectives of the victims, the perpetrators, and the gang bosses that run the scammers all weave together in this book.

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Inside

About the book:  Alix Ohlin's novel begins in Montreal, where a psychotherapist named Grace meets a mysterious stranger in distress whiling skiing on Mount Royal. Her instinct is to help this man, who she later finds out is named John Tugwell. What follows is an interconnected narrative that revolves around Grace, Tugwell, her troubled teenage patient Annie, and her ex-husband Mitch, who is also a therapist. Inside is an examination of relationships, and the happiness and harrow they bring into our lives.

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The Imposter Bride

About the book: Nancy Richler's latest novel is set in Montreal (her hometown) in the years immediately following the Second World War. At the centre of the story is Lily Azerov, a Jewish refugee who arrives in Canada because she was selected by a matchmaker to marry a Montreal man. Only it turns out that the bride is an imposter. "I wanted to explore the many crosscurrents operating in the Montreal Jewish community at that time and the many issues raised by a young woman arriving after the war who had stolen someone else's identity as a way to begin anew," Richler says.

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Ru

About the book: Kim Thuy fled her native Vietnam in 1978 as the conflicts between Cambodia and her home country escalated into a full-blown war. She drew upon her childhood memories of her former home, as well as her experiences of finding a new home in Canada, in her poignant novel Ru. Thuy says that Ru is, at its core, "about the privilege of the lucky few who have survived chaos and seen beauty coming to them in the most unexpected ways."

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Whirl Away

About the book:  In this new short story collection, award-winning writer Russell Wangersky explores the answer to an interesting question: what happens when a person's major ability -- what they're best known for and what they made define themselves by -- becomes their greatest weakness? He looks at this through the eye of several intriguing and diverse characters, from the caretaker of a prairie amusement park to a traveling sports drink marketer to an elevator inspector with a marriage on the rocks.

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