Scotiabank Giller Prize, 2011, Short-listed, The Antagonist.
Amazon.ca Best Books: Editors' Pick, 2011, Commended, The Antagonist.
Amazon.ca Best Books: Canadian Fiction, 2011, Commended, The Antagonist.
Globe and Mail Top 100 Book, 2011, Commended, The Antagonist.
Toronto Star Reviewers' Top 100 Books, 2011, Commended, The Antagonist.
Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction, 2012, Winner, The Antagonist.
Washington Post Top 100 Noteable Books, 2013, Commended, The Antagonist.
...[a] clever and sympathetic exploration of male friendship.
- Washington Post
... a stunning new novel. Coady's writing is witty and sensitive... this is a fantastic book that shouldn't be missed.
- Daily Beast/Newsweek
Smartly tuned and as unsettling as it intends to be...Coady expertly renders a man who's compelled to address his past but not entirely ready to look in the mirror [and her novel] is a caution to tread carefully.
A genuinely fascinating character [whose] emails evolve from clumsy rages to thoughtful, measured ruminations on crucial events in his life...But it is Coady’s ability to realistically portray his teens and university years and empathetically conduct his search for self that makes The Antagonist more than just entertainment.
...sharp and very funny...the pathos and humor brought to a challenging life story will appeal to many readers.
- Publishers Weekly
Only a writer as wonderfully gifted as Lynn Coady could elicit such extraordinary sympathy for a character as full of self-destructive rage as Rank, her main character. You won't soon forget either him or this haunting novel.
- Richard Russo
[Lynn Coady] is entering old-pro territory ...
- Malahat Review
Sentence for sentence, Lynn Coady is one of the most dynamic prose stylists in Canadian letters.
... [a] strong new comic novel.
- Winnipeg Review
Unhinged at times, cathartic, lyrical and brave ... the reader must simply sit back and enjoy.
The Antagonist is a crafty, technically-accomplished series of meditations on subjects ranging from manhood and self-knowledge to tricky father-son relationships.
- Vancouver Sun
. . . by turns angry, funny, tender and sad . . . The Antagonist is a full-bodied work of fiction.
- Globe and Mail
. . . a readable, quixotic coming-of-age story, a comedy of very bad manners, and a thoughtful inquiry into the very nature of self. It’s the sort of novel -- and Coady the sort of writer -- deserving of every accolade coming to it.
- National Post
In this coming-of-age tale, male friendships and relationships are explored in all their goofiness and complexity . . . [Lynn Coady is] one of Canada's best writers of fiction.
- Winnipeg Free Press
. . . far more complex than the hilarious one-liners that make her work so irresistible to read.
- Edmonton Journal
A deft blend of farce, tragedy and wry social comment, The Antagonist is no mean feat.
- Toronto Star
. . . a richly comic creation . . . a revealing effort in cross-gender empathy.
- Montreal Gazette
. . . thoroughly engrossing. . . a breathless and frequently hilarious narrative . . . one of the freshest voices in years.
- FASHION Magazine
The Antagonist could have not have come at a better time. In our fast, media-saturated world, this novel gives the reader the refreshing and increasingly rare opportunity to take a closer, more compassionate look at someone wrongly judged by his outer shell.
- Rover Arts
[Lynn Coady] has a hearty wit and a piercing understanding of human nature . . . [she] has made herself one of our essential writers.
- Quill and Quire