Out of Mind
Published: September 14, 2021
Fiction / Novels
Paperback: 9781773102160 $22.95
One of 49th Shelf's 2021 Books of the Year
"Bergen's power as a writer pulls like an undertow... An uncanny, discerning, merciful algebra on what love takes, and where it leaves us." — Paige Cooper
In Out of Mind, David Bergen delves into the psyche of Lucille Black, mother, grandmother, lover, psychiatrist, and analyst of self, who first appeared in Bergen’s bestselling novel The Matter with Morris. Although adept at probing the lives of others, Lucille has become untethered, caught between duty and desire, between the demands of family and her own longing.
In this brilliant and subtle evocation of vulnerability and loss, Bergen traces one woman’s quest to reform her identity, reminding us that the unexpected is always lying in wait.
Praised by the Montreal Gazette as "one of Canada’s best writers" and by the Globe and Mail as "inventive and electrifying," David Bergen is the bestselling author of ten novels and two collections of short stories. In book after book, he has harnessed the written word to illuminate the human condition.
Among his most acclaimed works are The Time in Between, winner of the Scotiabank Giller Prize; The Matter with Morris, winner of the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award and the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and a finalist for the Giller Prize and the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; The Age of Hope, a national bestseller and a finalist for Canada Reads; and Here the Dark, a finalist for the Giller Prize.
David Bergen lives in Winnipeg.
One of 49th Shelf's Books of the Year
“Always incisive, richly evocative of our human experience, the work of David Bergen illuminates and exhilarates. His is a vital literary voice.” — Claire Messud, author of The Burning Girl
“Bergen’s power as a writer pulls like an undertow. Out of Mind is a house of mirrors that reflects back, at every awful and astounding angle, the complete emotional taxonomy of living. This is uncanny, discerning, merciful algebra on what love takes, and where it leaves us.” — Paige Cooper, author of Zolitude
“A beautiful piece of writing — delicate, melancholic, searching. Years after the violent death of her son, the psychiatrist Lucille remains stuck, watching as her ex-husband starts a new family and as her grown daughters drift away. Does Lucille have a place anymore? She travels to Thailand and to France, seeking connections, still yearning. She refuses to fade away; nor will her grief. David Bergen is an exceptional writer, harnessing his prose, its restraint a sign of its great power.” — Tom Rachman, author of The Italian Teacher
“Lucille’s story and character reflect the realities of life, reassuring us that we are not alone in our joy or in our pain. Her strength and her struggle are so quintessentially human that they act as an important reminder that our vulnerability and our perseverance is not for naught.” — The Manitoban
“There might be no enduring salvation for Lucille, but for Bergen’s readers there is something more valuable: a sustained encounter, on every page, with a character who lives as if she were among us. And she is.” — Winnipeg Free Press
“Bergen’s characteristic precision and insight bring Lucille to life in all her complexity and vulnerability.” — Prairie Books Now
“David Bergen's new novel, Out of Mind, finds the Giller winner at the top of his game.” — Atlantic Books Today