(1947- ) Canadian teacher and author who began publishing work of genre interest with "Of Children in the Foliage" in Aurora: New Canadian Writing 1979 (anth 1979) edited by Morris Wolfe; the story was gathered with further lean and subtle tales in The Woman who is the Midnight Wind (coll 1987). In his short fiction Green, like many Canadian writers, tenders a vision which might be called melancholy humanism. His first novel, Barking Dogs (1988) and its sequel Blue Limbo (1997), on the other hand, open that vision out but, to do so, forcibly transform Toronto into a Near Future mean-streets venue suitable for displays of high-tech weaponry displays by a vengeful cop; this harsher than usual vision of Toronto may turn out to have been prescient. In Children of the Rainbow (1992; vt Sailing Time's Ocean 2007) a descendant of the Bounty mutineers undergoes, via Time-Travel back to that time, imprisonment and despair.
Green's Ashland sequence – comprising Shadow of Ashland (1996), A Witness to Life (1999) and St Patrick's Bed (2001) – is an essentially associational examination of family life in Toronto, with autobiographical elements. The intensity of the exercise is considerable, making at points Equipoisal with the kind of fantasy that utilizes Timeslip to redeem the time; other fantasy elements – the second volume is told through the point of view of a man who is dead – structure the enterprise with similar fluency. [JC]
see also: Canada.
Terence Michael Green
born Toronto, Ontario: 2 February 1947
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