Cataract City by Craig Davidson audiobook

Cataract City

By Craig Davidson
Read by James Colby and Graham Winton

Recorded Books, Inc.
13.13 Hours Unabridged
Format: Digital Download (In Stock)
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***Shortlisted for 2013 Giller Prize*** Owen and Duncan are childhood friends who've grown up in picturesque Niagara Falls--known to them by the grittier name Cataract City. As the two know well, there's more to the bordertown than meets the eye: behind the gaudy storefronts and sidewalk vendors, past the hawkers of tourist T-shirts and cheap souvenirs live the real people who scrape together a living by toiling at the Bisk, the local cookie factory. And then there are the truly desperate, those who find themselves drawn to the borderline and a world of dog-racing, bare-knuckle fighting, and night-time smuggling. Owen and Duncan think they are different: both dream of escape, a longing made more urgent by a near-death incident in childhood that sealed their bond. But in adulthood their paths diverge, and as Duncan, the less privileged, falls deep into the town's underworld, he and Owen become reluctant adversaries at opposite ends of the law. At stake is not only survival and escape, but a lifelong friendship that can only be broken at an unthinkable price.

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Summary

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A 2014 Hammett Prize Nominee

A 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize Nominee

A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, July 2014

***Shortlisted for 2013 Giller Prize*** Owen and Duncan are childhood friends who've grown up in picturesque Niagara Falls--known to them by the grittier name Cataract City. As the two know well, there's more to the bordertown than meets the eye: behind the gaudy storefronts and sidewalk vendors, past the hawkers of tourist T-shirts and cheap souvenirs live the real people who scrape together a living by toiling at the Bisk, the local cookie factory. And then there are the truly desperate, those who find themselves drawn to the borderline and a world of dog-racing, bare-knuckle fighting, and night-time smuggling. Owen and Duncan think they are different: both dream of escape, a longing made more urgent by a near-death incident in childhood that sealed their bond. But in adulthood their paths diverge, and as Duncan, the less privileged, falls deep into the town's underworld, he and Owen become reluctant adversaries at opposite ends of the law. At stake is not only survival and escape, but a lifelong friendship that can only be broken at an unthinkable price.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“Childhood friends pursue lives on opposite sides of the law in this sweeping literary crime novel from Davidson…The characters, audacious sweep of the story, and propulsive noir writing make this novel a standout. To live in Cataract City, Duncan observes, is ‘to accept many disappointments’; Davidson’s novel, on the other hand, lives up to its promise.” Publishers Weekly (starred review)
“A swiftly told, matter-of-fact unfolding of lives threatening to derail.” Library Journal (starred review)
“Snowmobile chases, cigarettes, and snub noses: Canadian novelist Davidson’s latest is a down-and-dirty look at life on the quiet side of Niagara Falls…‘It’s a big world out there,’ our narrator tells us. So it is, and while you wouldn’t want to live in this corner of it, it’s well worth a visit.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author Bio: Craig Davidson

Author Bio: Craig Davidson

Craig Davidson is the author of Rust and Bone, which was made into a critically acclaimed film; Sarah Court; and The Fighter. He is a graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and his work has appeared in Esquire, GQ, and the Washington Post. He lives in Toronto.

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Available Formats : Digital Download
Category: Fiction/Literary
Runtime: 13.13
Audience: Adult
Language: English