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The Closer We Are to Dying

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Joe Fiorito is the author of Comfort Me With Apples, first published in 1994, and Tango on the Main (1996), a selection of his city columns from the Montreal Gazette. His family memoir, The Closer We Are to Dying, published in 1999, was a national best-seller and earned the author further critical acclaim. Guy Vanderhaeghe called it "a remarkable memoir, perhaps the finest by a Canadian writer since John Glassco's Memoirs of Montparnasse appeared in 1970." Fiorito lives in Toronto and writes for the Toronto Star. From the Hardcover edition.


"A small, quiet masterpiece." -The Times, (U.K.) "Fiorito has all the right stuff. His splendid memoir about his relationship with his dying father belongs on that small shelf with Philip Roth's Patrimony and Frank McCourt's Angela's Ashes." -Mordecai Richler ..".like a non-fiction One Hundred Years of Solitude. Fiorito proves himself a storyteller of remarkable gifts: there's an aura of dignity and beauty over events, sometimes terrible, sometimes tender." -Esquire "Joe Fiorito writes like a rough-hewn angel. This meditation at the bedside of his dying father blossoms into a lavish bouquet of family stories that speak volumes about the power of myth to tell us who we are." -Globe and Mail "Remarkable....In language that is clear, precise, and often searingly direct, Fiorito tells the story of the man, the family, and the city without romanticizing or damning any of them." -National Post "It is [Fiorito's] electric imagination which lights up the book, each story rendered in a nearly faultless prose. Fiorito is a disciple of what Cyril Connolly termed 'the plain style, ' simple, stripped-down language capable of achieving an austere poetry." -Montreal Gazette ..".moving and funny and beautifully written....The world needs more books by Joe Fiorito." -The Spectator

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