WHEN BLURBS ARE ALL YOU NEED

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This text ap­peared on the back cover of It’s Never Over by Mor­ley Cal­laghan, Lau­ren­tian Li­brary edi­tion, 1972. (Orig­i­nally pub­lished in 1930.)

In this spare and pow­er­ful novel, three young peo­ple are pro­foundly in­flu­enced by the death by hang­ing of a fourth. The dead man is Fred Thompson, who had been con­victed of killing a po­lice­man in a brawl. John, Fred’s best friend, is the cen­tral fig­ure of the story. He at­tempts to pur­sue a ca­reer as a mu­si­cian and is in love with Lil­lian. But their af­fair is blighted by the mem­ory of Fred, and by Fred’s sis­ter Is­abelle, who be­lieves she has been de­stroyed by her brother’s ex­e­cu­tion and is driven to de­stroy John and Lil­lian as well. By se­duc­ing John, Is­abelle ends his re­la­tion­ship with Lil­lian and ru­ins his chance of a ca­reer. John, alone, im­pov­er­ished and un­bal­anced, re­solves to mur­der Is­abelle, only to dis­cover that, hav­ing be­come a mur­derer in his own mind, he does not need to carry out the in­tent.—stephen Os­borne

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