Richard B. Wright is a Canadian novelist who was born in Midland Ontario in 1937. On February 8, 2017, he died. He has written eleven published novels and two children’s books. Here at the library, we have six of his titles. And in honour of his death and his great literary talent, they follow below, with a short description of each one.
WEEKEND MAN (1970):
How does a young salesman, whose life is continually on the verge of free-fall, navigate between the sadness and nostalgia of his past, and the certain failure of his future? Such are the ironies of urban life.
CLARA CALLAN (2001):
The year is 1934. And two sisters, vastly different in personality, yet linked by a shared past, try to find their place within the complex web of social expectations for young women in the 1930s. Will each find the joy of life? Or will each be forced to see the darker side of everyday experience?
A young woman is brutally murdered. She has been inside the car with her older, married lover. She stepped outside for just a minute, and now she is dead. Was she the victim in a mindless attack? How will her lover face his wife? Will he be able to pick up the pieces?
This is a tale of memory and mortality. Over six decades after encountering a rich, mercurial American with crippled legs while on a vacation in the Gaspé, a man is asked to go on an unthinkable journey. Will he rekindle an old relationship? Will he be able to find the answers he is searching for in the autumn of his life?
SHAKESPEARE’S BASTARD (2010):
In a manor house in Oxfordshire, a very ailing housekeeper confesses that she is the illegitimate daughter of William Shakespeare. Wright interweaves intriguing stories of a lovely woman who is seduced by a young writer from Stratford. Secrets are revealed and futures are changed forever. This novel is an engaging blend of historical detail and invention.
A retired university professor has just suffered the death of his beloved daughter. His life is diminished considerably. But on a whim, he tries to locate the woman he fell in love with many years ago. He succeeds. But the collision of past and present alters the lives of both people. The author has a profound understanding of the intimate bonds that connect men and women. Are these connectios filled with the wisdom of love?
So as you choose your books, please remember the late Richard B. Wright. He won three of Canada’s major literary awards: The Giller Prize, the Trillium Book Award, and the Governor General’s Award. Celebrate his life as you read and appreciate his legacy.