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A heartfelt and wondrous debut lauded by Philipp Meyer (New York Times bestselling author of The Son) as "astonishing", introducing a supremely gifted and exciting new voice in fiction.
Michael Christie received an MFA from the University of British Columbia and is a former professional skateboarder. His story collection, The Beggar's Garden, was a finalist for a number of major Canadian prizes and the winner of the City of Vancouver Book Award. He lives with his family on Galiano Island, British Columbia. If I Fall, If I Die is his debut novel.
"This exceptional debut novel is a warm, often funny dramatisation
of the balance between anxious love and worthwhile risk" * Sunday
"A master of his environment, Christie is also deft at inhabiting the mind of a child in his writing ... powerful and page-turning ... A first novel that is complex, symbolic and a little bit wondrous." * Sunday Business Post *
"A captivating debut novel" * Scotsman *
"An astonishing piece of work. Christie combines lyrical prose and true-to-life characters-and skateboarding-to craft a remarkable tale of mothers and sons, and what it means to grow up." -- Philipp Meyer, author of The Son
"There are moments of real tenderness, and real strangeness too, as Will gradually embraces risk and seeks friendship. It feels less part of some sub-genre cooked up by the marketing department than a contribution to a real, archetypal literary tradition, that of the coming-of-age story." * Spectator *