Michael Christie‘s first novel, If I Fall, If I Die, is a tale worth reading. I reviewed the novel, which launches this weekend, for the Winnipeg Free Press. I’d also point those interested to this Globe Books review as well as this New York Times review. The NYT reviewer notes that Christie’s novel contains a few platitudes, but
beneath the lessons there’s a symbolic wondrousness to this book, with its roaming wolves and its characters named Jonah, Titus, Gideon, Icarus. Christie may be mixing his metaphors here, but so what? The truth is that childhood is as deep and lasting as any mythology.
I spoke to Christie a few weeks ago for a piece in an online mag I’m excited to write for (details coming soon). He has plenty of interesting things to say about skateboarding & literary cultures, about risk, creativity and life in the city. Nobody knows a city’s inner-workings better than its skateboarders.