Governor General's Award for Fiction

 

2013 selection

The Luminaries

Man Booker Prize 2013, Governor General's Award for Fiction 2013

by Eleanor Catton

The bestselling, Man Booker Prize-winning novel hailed as "a true achievement. Catton has built a lively parody of a 19th-century novel, and in so doing created a novel for the 21st, something utterly new. The...


2012 selection

The Purchase: A Novel

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2012

by Linda Spalding

Winner of Canada's 2012 Governor General's Award for Fiction

 

In this provocative and starkly beautiful historical novel, a Quaker family moves from Pennsylvania to the Virginia frontier, where slaves are the...


2011 selection

The Sisters Brothers

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2011

by Patrick Dewitt

Shortlisted for the Booker Prize

Hermann Kermit Warm is going to die. The enigmatic and powerful man known only as the Commodore has ordered it, and his henchmen, Eli and Charlie Sisters, will make sure of it....


2010 selection

Juliet in August

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2010

by Dianne Warren

In her luminous debut novel, acclaimed writer Dianne Warren captures the honesty of the human spirit and the quest for companionship…

Juliet is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town—a dusty oasis on the edge...


2009 selection

The Mistress of Nothing: A Novel

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2009

by Kate Pullinger

The American debut of an award-winning novel about a lady’s maid’s awakening as she journeys from the confines of Victorian England to the uncharted far reaches of Egypt’s Nile Valley

When Lady Duff Gordon,...


2008 selection

The Origin of Species

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2008

by Nino Ricci

Winner of the 2008 Governor General’s Award for Fiction

Montreal during the turbulent mid-1980s: Chernobyl has set Geiger counters thrumming across the globe, HIV/AIDS is cutting a deadly swath through the...


2007 selection

Divisadero

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2007

by Michael Ondaatje

From the celebrated author of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost comes a remarkable, intimate novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time. In the 1970s in Northern California a father...


2006 selection

The Law of Dreams: A  Novel

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2006

by Peter Behrens

The Law of Dreams tells the story of a young man's epic passage from innocence to experience during The Great Famine in Ireland of 1847.

     On his odyssey through Ireland and Britain, and across the Atlantic...


2002 selection

A Song for Nettie Johnson

Governor General's Award for Fiction 2002

by Gloria Sawai

In her stunning, Governor-General's-Award-winning debut collection of short stories, Gloria Sawai examines the heartbreaking lives of people on the margins.


2001 selection

Clara Callan

Trillium Book Award 2002, Giller Prize 2001, Governor General's Award for Fiction 2001

by Richard B. Wright

In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York. It's a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape...


2000 selection

Anil's Ghost

Giller Prize 2000, Kiriyama Prize for Fiction 2000, Governor General's Award for Fiction 2000

by Michael Ondaatje

With his first novel since the internationally acclaimed The English Patient, Booker Prize—winning author Michael Ondaatje gives us a work displaying all the richness of imagery and language and the piercing...


1996 selection

The Englishman's Boy

Governor General's Award for Fiction 1996

by Guy Vanderhaeghe

Originally published in 1996, The Englishman’s Boy is the first in a Guy Vanderhaeghe trilogy that includes the nationally best-selling novel The Last Crossing, with the third book due to be published next...