doubtTo say that Ethan Canin is one of the greatest novelists of his generation is not hyperbole and I am not the only person to take such a stand. If there was any doubt of Mr. Canin’s standing all one needs to do is read his wonderful new novel, A Doubter’s Almanac.

About A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin: “Milo Andret is born with an unusual mind. A lonely child growing up in the woods of northern Michigan in the 1950s, he gives little thought to his own talent. But with his acceptance at U.C. Berkeley he realizes the extent, and the risks, of his singular gifts. California in the seventies is a seduction, opening Milo’s eyes to the allure of both ambition and indulgence. The research he begins there will make him a legend; the woman he meets there—and the rival he meets alongside her—will haunt him for the rest of his life. For Milo’s brilliance is entwined with a dark need that soon grows to threaten his work, his family, even his existence. Spanning seven decades as it moves from California to Princeton to the Midwest to New York, A Doubter’s Almanac tells the story of a family as it explores the way ambition lives alongside destructiveness, obsession alongside torment, love alongside grief. It is a story of how the flame of genius both lights and scorches every generation it touches. Graced by stunning prose and brilliant storytelling, A Doubter’s Almanac is a surprising, suspenseful, and deeply moving novel, a major work by a writer who has been hailed as ‘the most mature and accomplished novelist of his generation.’”

A Doubter’s Almanac is not a light read, but it is so beautifully written it takes hold of you quickly and involves you on every page like only the best literature can do.

A Doubter’s Almanac by Ethan Canin is available from Amazon and other fine booksellers.