The Good Doctor

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By: Vince Agro

November 2011
300 pages | ISBN 978-1-894987-61-5

**Winner of the 2012 F.G. Bressani Literary Prize for Fiction**

Hamilton's Italian community comes to vibrant life in this World War II–era novel. Told as a tale during a winter night, The Good Doctor follows the efforts of Doctor Vincenzo Arcone to fight the forces of fascism within his community and prejudice without. Filled with vibrant characters, striking depictions of Hamilton as a thriving city and intriguing historical details, The Good Doctor is a compelling tale, one that deals with age-old themes of identity and belonging in a fresh way.


Good Doctor Excerpt
Read the prologue and first chapter of The Good Doctor by Vince Agro.


Ex-mayor’s novel tells a story from Hamilton’s past (Jeff Mahoney, TheRecord, 20/01/2012)
"The bigger story is nothing less than the great north Hamilton narrative of Italian immigration, especially from Racalmuto, Sicily."

Agro’s musings on North End life anything but novel (Jeff Mahoney, The Hamilton Spectator, 09/12/2011)
It’s a powerful story, full of tenderness, pain and humour."


5 novels set in Hamilton (Samantha Craggs, CBC News, 15/06/2014)
“This novel, set during the Second World War, profiles Hamilton’s Italian community. Dr. Vincenzo Arcone ‘fights the forces of fascism within his community and the prejudice without.’”

Book Report (King's Herald, 01/09/2013)
The Good Doctor is a compelling tale set in Hamilton, Ontario’s Italian community during World War II.”

Hamilton author could be people's choice for Giller Prize (Alexsis Karpenchuk, CBC News, 30/08/2012)
"A Hamilton writer’s first novel gains nationwide acclaim as a finalist for the Scotiabank Giller Prize Reader’s Choice contest.”


Watch Larry Di Ianni interview Vince Agro on Hamilton Talks.

Other Titles by Vince Agro

In Grace's Kitchen: Memories and recipes from an Italian-Canadian childhood (2014)

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