About Lee Gowan

Lee is the author of the novels Confession, The Last Cowboy, (published in France as Jusqu’au bout du ciel), and Make Believe Love, which was nominated for the Trillium Award for best book in Ontario. He also published the critically acclaimed story collection Going to Cuba, and wrote the award-winning screenplay for Paris or Somewhere. He is the Program Director for Creative Writing and Business Communications at the School of Continuing Studies, University of Toronto.

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From the publisher:

From this award-winning, acclaimed writer comes a searingly powerful novel that portrays how one fateful, brutal day in the life a young prairie man reverberates far beyond imagining – a brilliant portrayal of the struggle between fate and faith.

In the suffocating town of Broken Head, Saskatchewan, Dwight Froese confesses to having killed his father in a duel, maintaining that he was avenging the murder of his mother, whose body had been found floating in a nearby creek the day before. But when the coroner rules the woman’s death an accident, Dwight’s certainty is shattered. In the explosive tale that follows, he attempts to reconcile the violent legacy he has inherited with what it will take to forge a new life for himself – and the complicated relationships with the various townspeople that develop as a result.

To learn more about Lee’s other books, The Last Cowboy and Make Believe Love, visit his website.


“Gowan’s sparse, unadorned prose speaks much between the lines. His characters are well-wrought, etched as with acid, and true.”

The Hamilton Spectator

“I’ve just finished The Last Cowboy … I was absolutely gripped by long passages, didn’t want to put the book down [and] was as engaged as I’ve ever been.”

Sharon Butala, author of Season of Fury and Wonder

Make Believe Love is “quirky, entertaining and beautifully conveys the languorous atmosphere of the prairie landscape.”

Anne Tobin, Halifax Chronicle-Herald