When Lynn Coady published her debut novel, Strange Heaven, in 1998, the literary community in Canada was both excited and enchanted by the destabilising energy of Coady's prose, her treatment of the abject and the taboo in the lives of her characters, and the juxtaposition of humour and absurdity that has since become her trademark. The success of Coady's East Coast realism has placed her fiction alongside the work of regionalist writers David Adams Richards and Alistair MacLeod. Shortlisted for the Canadian Governor General's Award, Strange Heaven was followed in 2000 by a collection of short stories, Play the Monster Blind, and in 2002 by the novel Saints of Big Harbour. Coady's characters, predominantly …
Hutchison, Lorna. "Lynn Coady". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 16 June 2003; last revised 30 November -1.
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