Christine Fischer Guy

Christine Fischer Guy

Author photo by Diana Renelli

Christine Fischer Guy’s fiction has appeared in Descant, Prairie Fire, and Grimm and has been nominated for the Journey Prize. She was recently awarded a Silver at the National Magazine Awards for an article she penned for Eighteen Bridges. The Umbrella Mender is her first novel. She has an MA and has studied creative writing at Humber College for Writers. She regularly reviews fiction for The Globe and Mail and has conducted podcast interviews for She has lived and worked in London, England and now makes her home in Toronto.

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The Umbrella Mender (Wolsak & Wynn, Fall 2014)

“In her haunting debut novel, The Umbrella Mender, Christine Fischer Guy transports us to 1950s Moose Factory, where the beleaguered staff of the local hospital are fighting to stem the tide of tuberculosis among the indigenous peoples of the North. At the heart of the novel is Hazel MacPherson, a promising young nurse who finds herself increasingly drawn to the surrounding wilderness, made manifest in the person of a troubled drifter named Gideon White. Like her heroine, Fischer Guy is equally at home within the walls of the hospital and without. In language rich with sensual detail, she brings Hazel’s dualized experience into sharp focus, evoking the ghostly beauty of an X-ray one moment, the living presence of the Moose River the next.  “The Umbrella Mender is a gorgeous book— a moving meditation on human frailty, a sensitive portrait of conflicting cultures brought together in an uneasy truce, and a heartbreaking tale of unsanctioned love.” – Alissa York, author of Scotiabank Giller-nominated Effigy

The Umbrella Mender is a gem of hope, denial and blind faith. Nurse Hazel MacPherson’s travels, both physical and spiritual, haul you toward true North, and do their very best to leave you knowing every inch of the trip as if it were worn under your skin and marked deep in your lungs, the shadowed scar visible only by X-ray. Wonderfully, carefully written, this is a book you will not soon forget.” – Russell Wangersky, Scotiabank Giller nominee for Whirl Away 

“The evocative setting of a TB hospital in remote Moose Factory, a passionate and clandestine love affair, and the irresistible voice of intrepid nurse Hazel join forces to make The Umbrella Mender an absolutely compelling read from start to finish.” –         Miriam Toews, author of A Complicated Kindness and All My Puny Sorrows