Swingman Comments and Reviews
(Books in Canada First Novel Award, 1992 Marian Engel Award, 2001 Shortlist, Trillium Book Award for Critical Injuries, 2002 Longlist Man Booker Prize for Critical Injuries, 2005 Nominee, Scotiabank Giller Prize for Luck. ".... Joe, you are a really fine writer ... seems to me you've got a
real gift ... really deft with the language for sure, also, with
characterization and structure. I was entirley impressed ... you can
Joan Barfoot - renowned author and professional book reviewer
".... as good as most work you'll find on the best seller list .... Swingman is a novel I have been privileged to read in a number of its
different stages. I can attest to the craftsmanship and care with
which it has been taken apart and put together again, reshaped to
increase the suspense, and to maintain the consistency of detail.
All this allows the reader, finally, to put the characters into the
context of their world and at least glimpse the larger patterns of why
things happened as they did .... a comment or two on the writing
itself, clearly one of the book's strengths. While language is used
effectively to create atmosphere, the real achievement may be in the
dialogue. Characters reveal themselves in the very clichés of their
speech and in their vocabulary. Words are handled with respect and
care. Who says what, and how it is said, is a carefully measured
dimension of the book. When people speak directly, the tension
builds and the story advances; the screenplay for Swingman is not far
below the surface of the book itself ...."
James Good - former Dean of Arts and Professor Emeritus of English, University of Western Ontario (now, "Western University").
(for full review by Jim Good, click here)
was impressed with the psychiatrist session scenes in Swingman. The doctor's methods and advice are truly realistic...."
Anita O'Keefe - psychotherapist, London, Ontario