Daddy lenin and other stories recently won the governor generals award for fiction one of canadas top literary prizes it was the third such honour for author guy vanderhaeghe the only others to do this are alice munro michael ondaatje and hugh maclennan and its very deserving these are clear unpretentious stories about white middle aged men facing big crises or looking back on life changing events when they were boys or young adults all. His gradually building relationship with a teenage daughter who has been left handicapped from polio opens unexpected doors to the world in the powerful title story a middle aged man remeets his former adviser at university a charismatic and domineering professor dubbed daddy lenin as their tense reunion progresses secrets from the past painfully revise remembered events and threaten to topple the scaffolding of a marriage. With daddy lenin and other stories vanderhaeghe leaves the cowboys behind to examine other archetypes of masculinity of the nine stories in daddy lenin the strongest are the ones featuring protagonists who are a bit older wiser and rough around the edges in tick tock charley brewster is an english professor in his sixties who has settled into a mundane existence even his relationship with eva a driven successful younger woman has come to a turgid standstill though neither . Guy vanderhaeghe how i wrote daddy lenin and other stories guy vanderhaeghe on bad scenery and imaginary people in the powerful title story a middle aged man remeets his former adviser at
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