English Patient author Micahel Ondaatje

Bestselling author Michael Ondaatje will read from his latest novel, Divisadero, this Saturday, 7pm at Books & Books.

Michael Ondaatje is the author of four previous novels, a memoir, a non-fiction book on film, and eleven books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film.

Born in Sri Lanka, Michael Ondaatje moved to Canada in 1962 and now lives in Toronto.

Divisadero is a remarkable, intimate novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time.

In the 1970s in Northern California a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them. Theirs is a makeshift family, until it is shattered by an incident of violence that sets fire to the rest of their lives.

Divisadero takes us from San Francisco to the raucous backrooms of Nevada’s casinos and eventually to the landscape of southern France. As the narrative moves back and forth through time and place, we find each of the characters trying to find some foothold in a present shadowed by the past.