The Prisoner and the Chaplain
October 3, 2017
246 PAGES | ISBN 978-1-928088-43-1
What if prison was the only world that existed for you now and everything else was a story? What if you weren’t sure if you were guilty but wanted forgiveness in any form? The Prisoner and the Chaplain is about two men; one man awaiting execution, the other man listening to his story. As the hours drain away, the chaplain must decide if the prisoner’s story is an off-the-cuff confession or a last bid for salvation. As the chaplain listens he realizes a life has many stories, and he has his own story to tell – a last-ditch plea for forgiveness told to someone who will never be able to repeat it. Each man is guilty in his own way, and their stories have led them to the same room, a room that only one of them will leave alive. If you had only twelve hours left to live, what would you have to say?
Most Anticipated: Our Fall 2017 Fiction Preview (Kerry Clare, 49th Shelf, 07/10/2017)
"In The Prisoner and the Chaplain (October), Michelle Berry has written a parable about the value of stories and the cost of guilt."
Most Anticipated Fall 2017 Books (Mark Medley, Globe and Mail, 13/08/2017)
"The novelist-turned-bookseller (Berry is the proprietor of Peterborough's Hunter Street Books) delivers a novel about guilt and forgiveness; as the title suggests, it's about two men, one of whom is spending his last night on Earth."
Michelle Berry's The Prisoner and the Chaplain is a matter of life and death (Sue Carter, Metro News, 09/20/2017)
"But that feeling of containment eventually led to her new novel, The Prisoner and the Chaplain, published by Hamilton’s Wolsak & Wynn, a tightly paced, story-conversation set in a prison death row, with one heck of a twist ending."
Reviews: The Prisoner and the Chaplain (Adam Nayman, Quill and Quire, October 2017 Issue)
About the Author
Michelle Berry is the author of three books of short stories and five previous novels. Her short story collection I Still Don’t Even Know Youwon the 2011 Mary Scorer Award for Best Book Published by a Manitoba Publisher and was shortlisted for a 2011 ReLit Award, and her novel This Book Will Not Save Your Life won the 2010 Colophon Award and was longlisted for the 2011 ReLit Award. her writing has been optioned for film and published in the UK.
Berry was a reviewer for the Globe and Mail for many years, and teaches online for the University of Toronto and is often a mentor at Humber College. Berry now lives in Peterborough, ON, where she operates an independent bookstore, Hunter Street Books.