Bow Grip

Bow Grip

Paperback - 2006
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The long-awaited first novel by Ivan E. Coyote. Unlike her short stories, which are almost entirely first-person and told from the author's perspective as a self-admitted boyish girl' (though she is not transgender), Bow Grip is a straight, 40-something male who is at a crossroads in his life. The title references Joey's burgeoning interest in the cello ('gripping' the 'bow') as well as Bow River in Calgary, where most of the novel takes place.'
Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781551522135
1551522136
Branch Call Number: FIC COY
Characteristics: 221 p. ; 22 cm

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chloecat
Feb 03, 2017

Really enjoyed this book, narratived by male for a change.......writing style just compels you to keep reading.......highly recommended.

WVMLStaffPicks Aug 18, 2014

A storyteller and spoken word artist by trade, Bow Grip sees the engaging insight and energy of Ivan E. Coyote’s live performances transformed to written word. The story of a rural Albertan mechanic and his second-hand cello, Bow Grip weaves a tale of loneliness, loss and self-discovery. The novel is populated with a wonderful and diverse cast, each character’s story engrossing yet grounded in realism. One of my favourite books!

Cdnbookworm Apr 04, 2013

This is the first book I've read by this author, but I really enjoyed it, could hardly put it down. Joey is a man in his forties, a mechanic who runs his own small shop in Drumheller. A little more than a year ago, Joey's wife of a little more than five years left him for a woman. Joey's mom and friends are worried that he is keeping to himself too much and not moving on. His mom wants him to find a hobby or something. So when someone comes along and offers to buy the car that's been sitting in front of his shop, in exchange for a cello, he figures why not, that'll be his new hobby. And so the story really gets going.
As Joey makes a trip into Calgary to take his wife her last belongings and follow up on another worry he has, he finds himself making new friends, learning new things about himself, and getting on with his life. Joey is a man who doesn't talk much in the normal way of things, keeping a lot to himself, and he has been spending a lot of time lately alone with his dog. He has grown lonely without becoming truly aware of it. As he interacts with new people and begins to come out of himself more, he finds himself a new man.
A very upbeat story, with interesting characters that I'd like to know more about.

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sprocket
Mar 09, 2010

Ivan E. Coyote is, simply put, a great story teller. And this is a great story.

The book will make your heart wrench and melt, it'll make you smile and furrow your brow. Because good books elicit reactions in readers.

I challenge you to finish this in more than 3 sittings -- it'll be tough, because you won't want to put it down.

P.S. I actually took the cello up for two months after reading this book.

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