Judith McCormack


The Singing Forest

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Lyrical and wrenching by turns, The Singing Forest is a profound investigation of memory, truth, and the stories that tell us who we are.

Named one of the ten best historical novels of 2021 by the New York Times.

Sometimes, as a reader, you put down a book in wonder, because you have been inside the mind of a deep and seeing writer, whose vision of the world is captivating, original and illuminating. Such a writer is Judith McCormack. In vibrant and nuanced language McCormack spirals us into the heart of a war criminal, and the brilliant lawyer who unravels the workings of his mind. Dark, disturbing, dazzling—this is an unflinching look at evil—and yet, and here is McCormack’s genius, we emerge more whole. The Singing Forest is an absolute triumph!

Shaena Lambert, author of Petra and Oh, My Darling

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In Backspring, Judith draws on her mixed cultural heritage and experience to craft a novel about chaos and stability, and the slippery alchemy of time and place.

[Backspring] is a well-written and smart novel that unfolds many moments of profound and subtle beauty. McCormack’s treatment of details and prose are refreshing, confident, and attentive.

David Burgess McGregor, Winnipeg Review

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The Rule of Last Clear Chance

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Stories that scintillate. … [an] exceptional collection … McCormack emerges as a skilled storyteller unlike any I’ve encountered. The weightiness of themes — good luck and bad, happiness and misery, chance and choice and responsibility — is filtered pleasingly through the wry voice of a character in one story; another unfolds effortlessly, redolent with atmosphere and a detailed evoking of a period setting (19th century Havana) and manners. Seemingly random plotting gathers itself to a gentle burst of catharsis that beautifully integrates the whole. … [McCormack] is a rare bird.

Jim Bartley, The Globe and Mail

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Latest Short Story

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Creation Stories, Judith’s short story originally published in the Harvard Review (and recorded in a spoken word version by The Drum), is now anthologized in 14: Best Canadian Stories.

The fine Canadian novelist Judith McCormack returns to Harvard Review with a witty story about two young lawyers on a trip to Sicily …

Christina Thompson, Editor, Harvard Review.

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