Bow Grip

Bow Grip

A Novel

Book - 2006
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Winner of the ReLit Award for Best Novel
Shortlisted for the Ferro-Grumley Award for Women's Fiction

An American Library Association Stonewall Honor Book

Ivan E. Coyote is acclaimed as one of North America's most beguiling storytellers; Ivan's honest, down-to-earth tales, many of which are based on personal experience, are compelling for their simple human truths. Ivan's 2005 story collection, Loose End , was also shortlisted for the prestigious Ferro-Grumley Award for Fiction.

Bow Grip , Ivan's long-awaited first novel, is a breathtaking story about love and loneliness, and the long road one must travel between them. Joey is a good-hearted, fortysomething mechanic from small-town Alberta whose wife has recently left him for another woman. When a stranger named James approaches his shop and agrees to purchase a beat-up blue Volvo in exchange for a beautiful, hand-crafted cello, Joey sees it as an opportunity to finally make some overdue changes in his life.

But some troubling suspicions about James, and a desire to close the door on his failed marriage, compels Joey to hit the road and travel to Calgary, the big city by the Bow River. He stations himself at a rundown motel, where he struggles to learn how to play the cello, and strangers with their own complicated pasts―an older gay man, a single mother―become confidants. With quiet authority, Bow Grip is about one man's real rite of passage―trying to keep the ghosts of personal history at bay with a heart that's as big as the endless prairie sky.

German-language rights sold to Verlag Krug & Schadenberg

Now in its third printing

Publisher: Vancouver : Arsenal Pulp Press, c2006
ISBN: 9781551522135
Branch Call Number: COY
Characteristics: 221 p


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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.

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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