Angie Abdou’s The Bone Cage was one of the finalists for this year’s Canada Reads. That’s when I discovered it, and Angie, who is now one of my favorite Canadian writers.
Digger, an 85 kilo wrestler, and Sadie, a 26-year-old speed swimmer, stand on the verge of realizing every athlete’s dream–winning a gold medal at the Olympics. Both athletes are nearing the end of their athletic careers, and are forced to confront the question: what happens to athletes when their bodies are too old and injured to compete? The blossoming relationship between Digger and Sadie is tested in the all-important months leading up to the Olympics, as intense training schedules, divided loyalties, and unpredicted obstacles take their draining toll. The Olympics, as both of them are painfully aware, will be the realization or the end of a life’s dream. “The Bone Cage” captures the physicality, sensuality, and euphoric highs of amateur sport, and the darker, cruel side of sport programs that wear athletes down and spit them out at the end of their bloom. With realism and humour, author Angie Abdou captures athletes on the brink of that transition–the lead-up to that looming redefinition of self–and explores how people deal with the loss of their dream.
Thanks bunches to Angie for the donation. And keep an eye out: I will have Angie’s other two books for auction in the next few days! You can find out about Angie, and her books, here: http://www.abdou.ca/
- This auction will run from today until 11:59 pm Est June 4nd and is open Internationally.
- All bids will be in Canadian funds.
- Bids must increase by at least a dollar.