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Wiseman's Wager

by Dave Margoshes

Wiseman's Wager

Wiseman's Wager

"With Wiseman's Wager, the prolific Margoshes has done for Winnipeg something like what Mordecai Richler did for Montreal" - Quill & Quire review

"The mark has been set for the best book by a Saskatchewan author in 2014 with this release" - Prairie Dog review

"Pascal – you heard of his famous wager? He put it this way, it's better to believe in a God that doesn't exist than not believe in One Who does, and Who might take it personal. It's not a bad way to live, wouldn't you agree?" So says 82-year-old Zan Wiseman: brother, son, ‘not-Jewish Jew', proxy twin, sometime Communist, four-times husband, one-time novelist – and bet-hedging atheist.

From an emergency room in Calgary, where an intern hears his poorly timed joke about suicide, Zan winds up on the psychologist's couch. But the doctor's efforts to investigate Zan's mental state are constantly stymied by his misfiring memory, his wry delivery, and his novelist's tendency to embellish. Is he misremembering, misrepresenting, crafting a better story – or all of the above? Through the streets of Strike-era Winnipeg, Toronto during the Depression, and the 1980s Calgary of Zan's new life, Dave Margoshes's compellingly unreliable narrator treats the reader to a magnificent meditation on aging, family ties, faith, and the liquid concept of the truth.


6" x 9" 392 pages
21.95 CDN; 21.95 USD
E-Book Price
Fiction Paper Adult
Dave Margoshes
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About the Author

Dimensions of an Orchard, the last poetry collection by Dave Margoshes, won the Anne Szumigalski Poetry Prize at the 2010 Saskatchewan Book Awards. He's published four other books of poetry and over a dozen other books, including Wiseman's Wager from Coteau Books. His poems have won a number of awards, including the inaugural Stephen Leacock Prize for Poetry, and have appeared widely in Canadian literary magazines and anthologies, including twice in the Best Canadian Poetry volumes. His Bix's Trumpet and Other Stories was 2007 Saskatchewan Book of the Year and a ReLit Award finalist. His collection of linked short stories, A Book of Great Worth, also from Coteau, was named one of Amazon.Ca's Top Hundred Books of 2012. One of the stories from that collection was a finalist for the Journey Prize. He lives on a farm near Saskatoon.



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