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The Communist’s Daughter is a sweeping novel of love and betrayal spanning the trenches of the Great War to the horrors of Spain and China.

Norman Bethune was a visionary whose dedication touched millions. Rebelling in childhood against his father’s religion, he finds a calling for himself, saving lives on the battlefield. In Republican Spain he fulfills his idealism—yet, before long, politics destroy his romance and drive him to seek refuge in China. Here, in service to a man eventually known as Mao Zedong, Bethune begins this account of his life and his cherished beliefs for the only person who still makes a future seem possible: the daughter he has never seen.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Bock’s spare narrative draws a well-rounded character study of a dedicated, flawed individual ultimately ravaged by the tedium and monstrosity of war surrounding him.”

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Bock’s descriptions of war’s detritus—the wounded, the dying, the starving, the haunted—recall Goya’s darkest visions…Deeply affecting.”

    Boston Globe

  • “Tender, honest and dramatic…Bock paints a broad, yet vivid account of a man’s life on the battlefield, and illuminates the personal and political ideals amid the confusion of war.”

    Providence Journal

  • “Canadian writer Bock continues his profound inquiry into the morass of war in a beautifully measured yet deeply felt portrayal of a battlefield surgeon…Reminiscent of Marilynne Robinson’s Gilead in gravitas and lyricism, Bock’s novel about a man who means to do good in the world, steadfastly faces death, and reveres the planet’s beauty is a study in sorrow, courage, and mystery. As Bock’s hero unflinchingly parses our insistence on war and our caring more about ideas than life, he also, even amid horror, celebrates ‘the rapturous wonder of being alive.’”

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  • “In this artful blend of fact and fiction, Bock spins a stirring what-if story from the legendary…life of battlefield surgeon Norman Bethune…The sound historical foundation will resonate with Canadian readers; US readers will appreciate the story as powerful and affecting fiction.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • Finalist for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize
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About the Author

Dennis Bock is a Canadian novelist and short-story writer. His books include Olympia, The Ash Garden, The Communist’s Daughter, and Going Home Again, short-listed for the 2013 Scotiabank Giller Prize. Dennis teaches at the University of Toronto and the Humber School for Writers and lives with his two sons.