Elizabeth Hay is the author of the #1 nationally bestselling novel Alone in the Classroom, the Scotiabank Giller Prize-winning novel Late Nights On Air, as well as four other highly acclaimed works of fiction, His Whole Life, A Student of Weather, Garbo Laughs, and Small Change. Formerly a radio broadcaster, she spent a number of years in Mexico and New York City before returning to Canada. She lives in Ottawa. Website: elizabethhay.com.
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- “‘It flowed, or hacked its way, out of two long-standing regrets: that years ago I gave away my dog and that I never managed to convince my children that Canada was an exciting place to live your life'” – In the Globe and Mail
- “This book is likely to break your heart, and it will definitely make you think about your own family in the context of aging” – In Quill & Quire
All Things Consoled
Jean and Gordon Hay were a colourful, formidable pair. Jean, a late-blooming artist with a marvelous sense of humour, was superlatively frugal; nothing got wasted, not even maggoty soup. Gordon was a proud and ambitious schoolteacher with a terrifying temper, a deep streak of melancholy, and a devotion to flowers, cards, words, and his wife. In this courageous memoir, written with tough-minded candour, tenderness, and wit, Elizabeth Hay lays bare the exquisite agony of a family’s dynamics – entrenched favouritism, sibling rivalries, grievances that last for decades, genuine admiration, and enduring love.