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The Reviews are In for Hope Makes Love:

— Trevor Cole has crafted a novel of vivid emotional truths
, grounded in characters so skilfully drawn they emerge as human beings captured on the page, rather than created. Zep and Hope are the unforgettable foundation for a novel that is gracious and graceful, powerful and clear-eyed, thoughtful, and full of life.
The Globe and Mail

— Cole’s ability to make readers think is as important as his talent for making them laugh…. It’s the combination of comedy and tragedy — of science and emotion — that makes the book so rewarding.
Quill and Quire

— This is a surprisingly soulful story.
…Cole has to figure out how to make us care… and he succeeds by making Hope extremely complex and by developing Zep's character arc in very smart ways.
NOW magazine

Zep is Cole's most engaging character yet, a windstorm of a man … The darker side of the novel clobbers the reader when Cole reveals the source of the PTSD that makes Hope make love.… To his credit, Cole makes it across the perilous tightrope between Hope's real suffering and Zep's bumbling attempts to remake himself as someone worth loving.
The Winnipeg Free Press

— “Trevor Cole is the consummate craftsman, delicately placing each word in its right place, balancing each sentence to perfection, hitting each emotional note dead on. Hope Makes Love tackles the oldest and most unanswerable question: What is love? The answer: a riveting story, part funny, part sexy, occasionally tragic, and ultimately life-transforming."
— Angie Abdou, author of
The Bone Cage

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Combining a clinical approach to love with the real thing—real passion, real tenderness—is a tricky thing, but Trevor Cole pulls it off magnificently. The characters in this dark, profound, contemporary novel learn the hard way that love is the only balm that can cure a damaged heart. What a moving, powerful work by a brilliant author.” —Joe Kertes, author of Gratitude and The Afterlife of Stars

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Hope Makes Love is, on its surface, a deceptively simple story of the Post-Breakup-I-Want-Her-Back variety. A few pages in, though, and the reader will discover that it contains multitudes. Trevor Cole takes on a number of serious issues - sexual assault, domestic violence and post -traumatic stress disorder, to name a few - and handles them with delicacy, humour and real compassion." — Anne Thériault, blogger, ‘The Belle Jar’

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What they’re saying about Hope Makes Love

THE GLOBE AND MAIL “Gracious and graceful”
“Rewarding”QUILL & QUIRE

What constitutes love? What are its components? Is it more than the sum of its parts?

All former major league baseball player Zep Baker needs to put his life back on track is to revive his marriage, convincing his wife to return to Tampa with their daughter. But his wife won’t be easily swayed. Enter Hope, neuroscience researcher who he persuades to help him in this endeavour. The resulting life-experiment takes both characters to places they did not foresee and for which they are not prepared.

With his award-winning touch, Trevor Cole has written a novel of great compassion and depth, taking an innovative approach to the brain-versus-heart debate that has been the material for philosophers, poets, dramatists, and novelists for centuries.

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Winner of the Leacock Medal for Humour

Short-listed for
the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize

A Globe and Mail Best Book

"Wonderfully bitter fruits"
"In his U.S. debut, Canadian novelist Cole delivers a cagey satirical noir.... Wicked humor glints kitchen-knife bright as the unhinged Jean blithely traverses the suburbs dispensing her most intimate friends."
— Publishers Weekly

"A major strength of this amusing yet horrifying novel is the detail in which Cole depicts characters and settings.... Exceeding the predictable by a long shot, this will beguile readers possessing a sardonic streak as well those who appreciate gallows humor."
— Booklist

"A worthy contender for Book of the Year"
“Practical Jean: A Novel is more than just a hilarious modern-day Arsenic and Old Lace or the TV’s “Dexter” in a dress. It’s a shrewd observation of the psyche going badly wrong.”
— New York Journal of Books

"Should be a starred pick for every book club... [Practical Jean] combines diamond-cut social satire with thoughtful contemplations of friendship's burdens, meaning and purpose.
— Globe and Mail

"A jaw-dropping, near-perfect satire."
— Chatelaine

"Sly satire"
"Props to Trevor Cole. He's not afraid to take a few risks. His sly satire ... could have swung wildly from melodrama to comedy ... But Cole keeps complete tonal control to the end... [He] writes with tremendous energy."
— Now Magazine

"Practical Jean, which was a finalist for this year's Rogers Writers' Trust Prize for Fiction, is the most bizarre and also the most serious of Cole's serious comic novels so far ... A sometimes eccentric, often compelling meditation on morality and mortality ... It's hard to imagine it being smarter."
— Montreal Gazette

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A novel about friendship, death and irreversible choices.

Trevor Cole's third novel takes readers to the small, fictional town of Kotemee, where Jean Vale Horemarsh — loving daughter, devoted friend — makes a momentous decision. One that will forever change the lives of everyone she loves.
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Short-listed for The 2006 Governor General's Literary Award

Long-listed for:
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Adapted for Radio
Optioned for Film

"Reminiscent of Carol Shields"
"At his best, Cole's writing is reminiscent of that of Carol Shields: he can be hilariously funny and profoundly serious at the same time."
Montreal Gazette

"Smart and perceptive"
"Cole is an experienced, award-winning journalist as well as one of the best young novelists in this country, and he's done his homework."
The Globe and Mail

"most entertaining ..."
The Fearsome Particles is one of the most entertaining novels I've read this year.... Its power comes from its narrowing of focus, and from Cole's significant strengths as a writer.
The National Post

"A major talent"
... subtle black humour, a sprinkling of pathos and large doses of human failing.... With writing like this, Trevor Cole is quickly gaining a reputation as a major talent, deservedly so.
Edmonton Journal

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A novel that captures a family at its crucial turning point, as a father faces the limits of what he can do to protect the people he loves.

“Trevor Cole has masterminded a densely-layered tale that sensitively peels away the complex facades of the individual members of a small, excruciatingly contemporary family, to reveal their (and our) most intimate fears and vulnerable desires"
— The Governor General's Award jury statement
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Short-listed for The 2004 Governor General's Award

Short-listed for
The Commonwealth Writer's Prize for Best First Book (Canada & Carib.)

Long-listed for
The IMPAC Dublin Literary Award

Adapted and performed for the stage in 2015

Adapted for Radio & Audio Book

Optioned for Film

"A book to be cherished"
"Brilliant and side-splitting funny.... a remarkable achievement, a book to be cherished both for the depths of its ironies and the breadth of its responsiveness.
Books in Canada

"Very, very funny"
"Norman's performance is filled with giddy surprises and wonderful set pieces. The book is smart and deft; it zips along. This is fine writing, with a light and generous touch."
The Globe and Mail

"Trevor Cole, in his debut novel, has created a character as complex, infuriating, unpleasant and funny as any we've seen in a long time."
Montreal Gazette

"It's really good"
"Cole belongs to the Truman Capote school of stylists; his prose is clear as a mountain stream."
Toronto Star
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Trevor Cole’s debut novel garnered rave reviews and comparisons to Truman Capote and Kingsley Amis. Skewering and darkly funny, yet poignant and tender, Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life explores the fragility of ego and the precarious ties of love and family, while finding the humanity and black comedy in the plight of a man who has reached the end of the line — and has only himself to blame.