Don’t let his 12-year break from writing fool you; Eric McCormack returns with a masterful novel that is an intimate and perplexing study of how the past haunts us and how we remain mysterious to others, even ourselves. In McCormack’s classic literary Gothic style, Cloud chronicles the story of Harry Steen. One serendipitous day, Harry discovers a mid-19th-century account of a sinister storm cloud that plagued an isolated Scottish village, causing gruesome and unexplainable deaths. But Harry has his own connections to that village: it was there that he met the woman whose love and betrayal have haunted him every day since. Presented with this astonishing record, Harry resolves to seek out the ghosts of his past and return to the very place where he encountered the fathomless depths of his own heart.
Before you pick up and get started on your own copy of Cloud, be sure to read some of the excellent reviews it’s been receiving. National Post says that “Cloud is indisputably [the] best novel to date” from “one of our most boldly original and entertaining writers,” while The Globe and Mail says that “it is virtually impossible not to be caught up in the momentum of Cloud.”
Eric McCormack taught English for over 30 years at St. Jerome’s College at the University of Waterloo, specializing in 17th-century and contemporary literature. He has been a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Governor General’s Literary Award.
Please join us on September 17 for what will undoubtedly be a fabulous evening offering insight into this established Canadian writer. In addition to reading and discussing Cloud, Eric McCormack will be joined on stage by notable crime writer Peter May.