A dying American starlet arrives at a coastal Italian inn in the late ’60s, setting off a string of events that spans 50 years and half the world. Walter blends together a story of Hollywood, complete with fictionalized Richard Burton, et al, and a sleepy Italian village.
When the parents of a Montana teenager rob a bank, he finds his life irrevocably altered and a new home in rural Canadian territory. Ford’s strengths at exploring the emotional crises of men have been on display since the Frank Bascombe novels The Sportswriter and Independence Day, which was awarded both the Pulitzer Prize and the PEN/Faulkner award. Canada aims for a similarly emotional, epic arc.