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Excerpt: "Come Back is a beautifully written novel, manifesting Wiebe's immense skill with the written word. Those unfamiliar with Wiebe's style might find Come Back a more difficult read; the lack of a straightforward narrative and the intertwining of various voices may cause too much dissonance for some readers. Yet, as a two time winner of Canada's Governor General's Award (in 1973 and 1994), Wiebe clearly understands his craft, and his place in English letters has already been well established. Come Back adds to his esteem as perhaps the preeminent voice in Mennonite literature. The heartbreaking struggle of Hal Wiens-and of his son, Gabe-will linger with readers long after they have finished Come Back, as will the longing we all have to be fully known and loved by another."


Originally published in Mennonite Quarterly Review, 90 no 1 Jan 2016, p 109-111.