Fate's Instruments

By H Nigel Thomas

Fate's Instruments
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In Fate's Instruments, picking up the story from where Paul's brother Jay left it in No Safeguards, Paul, an aspiring writer, marries Carlos, with whom he lived in Guatemala, and brings him to Montreal. Things go wrong from the beginning, and they break up. Then fate, in the ... Read more


Overview

In Fate's Instruments, picking up the story from where Paul's brother Jay left it in No Safeguards, Paul, an aspiring writer, marries Carlos, with whom he lived in Guatemala, and brings him to Montreal. Things go wrong from the beginning, and they break up. Then fate, in the form of a brain tumour, strikes Paul. He receives support from Jay, Lionel (himself a brain tumour survivor), friends, and the enigmatic Professor Bram. But it is Paul's exploration of his Vincentian childhood and new-found love that restores his equilibrium.

H Nigel Thomas

H Nigel Thomas is the author of six novels, three collections of short stories, and a previous collection of poems, in addition to dozens of essays. His novels Spirits in the Dark and No Safeguards were nominated for the Hugh MacLennan Fiction Award, and Des vies cassées, the French translation of Lives: Whole and Otherwise, was shortlisted for Le prix Carbet des lycéens. He holds the 2000 Professional of the Year Jackie Robinson Award, the 2013 Université Laval's Hommage aux créateurs, and the 2020 Black Theatre Workshop's Martin Luther King, Jr Achievement Award. He is also the founder and English-language coordinator of Lectures Logos Readings. A Vincentian Canadian, he has lived in the province of Quebec since 1968 and is a retired professor of United States literature.

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Cinematic in its scenes, visceral in its plot, compelling in its characters, this globe-trotting, moveable feast of a novel is a page-turning, savvy, Gothic Romance of the heart. H. Nigel Thomas has crafted a story that odysseys behind the headlines of corruption, bloodshed, and inhumanity, both domestic and abroad, to probe the fantastic insurgency of love in all these circumstances and in all its forms—familial, erotic, transcendental, and wounding, but also healing. Fate’s Instruments will remind you of prose masters such as James Baldwin and Austin C. Clarke. Most urgently it will reacquaint you with—or introduce you to—another and equal master storyteller, namely, H. Nigel Thomas.

. George Elliott Clarke, Parliamentary Poet Laureate of Canada (2016-17), Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15)

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