The Communist’s Daughter

by Dennis Bock

February 15 – March 1, 2018

Dennis Bock’s novel The Communist’s Daughter met with praise from readers and reviewers the moment it reached bookstore shelves, debuting as an instant Maclean’s bestseller. This is the story of legendary Canadian doctor Norman Bethune–visionary, radical, martyr. Amidst the death and chaos of the Japanese army’s advance into the hills of northern China, Bethune composes a wrenching letter to his daughter, a small child he has never seen, the daughter of a woman abandoned in war-torn Spain.

Set against the tumult of the late 1930s, The Communist’s Daughter is a remarkable depiction of the moral ambiguities of war, political idealism and personal responsibility, an elegant, passionate novel that unfolds against the sweep of history.

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Dennis Bock, author of The Communist’s Daughter, joins the Professional Book Nerds podcast to discuss the fascinating life of Norman Bethune and how he shaped his fictional novel around the larger than life legendary Canadian doctor.

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Dennis Bock’s first book of stories, Olympia, won the 1998 Canadian Authors Association Jubilee Award, the Danuta Gleed Award for best first collection of stories by a Canadian author and the British Betty Trask Award. His first novel, The Ash Garden, was a #1 national bestseller and was shortlisted for the prestigious 2003 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, the in Canada First Novel Award, the Kiriyama Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Caribbean and Canada Region). It won the Canada-Japan Literary Award and the Drummer General’ s Award for Fiction. His most recent book, The Communist’ s Daughter, was a national bestseller and garnered much critical acclaim. Dennis Bock lives with his family in Toronto.

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