2018 FinalistWriters’ Trust McClelland & Stewart Journey Prize
The narrator of Greg Brown’s “Love,” which revolves around a mother’s deathbed, is neither named nor physically described, never pegged to a specific age or gender. As a result, the reader is at once both voyeur and protagonist, pitched into the centre of an intimate family drama, complicit in moments of selfishness, and party to the last acts of love. Brown’s prose is spare, free of artifice, and deeply immersive. “Love” is a gem of a story, rich in insight and shot through with emotion.