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The Beggar's Garden

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by Michael Christie


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In the titular story of Michael Christie' s critically acclaimed debut collection, The Beggar' s Garden, Sam Prince moves into the shed behind his house as his marriage falls apart. He meets a local panhandler and tries to help him sort out his life-- even though he can' t find the courage to fix his own.

The Beggar' s Garden follows a diverse group of characters, from a bank manager to a drug addict to a retired Samaritan, a web designer, and a car thief, as they drift through each other' s lives in Vancouver' s Downtown Eastside. Michael Christie' s darkly funny debut collection won the Vancouver Book Award; it was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.

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HarperCollins Canada
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Michael Christie (Author)

MICHAEL CHRISTIE received his MFA in creative writing at the University of British Columbia. Prior to this, he worked in a homeless shelter on Vancouver' s Downtown Eastside and provided outreach to the severely mentally ill. A former professional...

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