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Case of Lena S., the (2002) [Novel]
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The Case of Lena S. follows the life, loves, and coming-of-age of sixteen-year-old Mason Crowe during a year in which he will learn what it truly means to be in the world. At the centre of the novel is Lena, a troubled girl who has "chosen" Mason and will teach him something of desire and despair. Impulsive, provocative, vulnerable, and sad, Lena becomes haunting for Mason in ways he does not always understand. We meet Masonís first "love," an older girl destined for an arranged marriage; his mother, who takes a lover; and a wise and erudite blind man with a voyeuristic streak, to whom Mason reads. Playful, and with deadpan humour, the novel brilliantly captures the yearnings of youth, as well as the tantalizing possibilities and the confounding absurdities that sometimes lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships.

Original title: The Case of Lena S.
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics
FictionGeneral FictionYouth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)


  • Finalist for the Governor General's Award for English language fiction
  • Finalist for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
  • Received the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
  • Finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award

Edition #1: The Case of Lena S.

The Case of Lena S. (2002)
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Language: English

  • "Compelling... An exploration of the quiet desperation of teenagers on the edge of adulthood." Globe and Mail
  • "A heart-breaking account of an adolescent adrift in a world with no boundaries... This novel is the best yet from a writer who specializes in that rare novelistic skill these days, the depiction of character. In this case, Bergenís evocation of the innocent joined with the sinister is unforgettable." Toronto Star
  • "It is impossible not to compare David Bergenís new novel to the work of Richard Ford... A magical piece of writing... It is taut, affecting and lovely, one of those wonderful works that bears reading and rereading and that in its hard crystalline prose does everything right." Calgary Herald
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The Case of Lena S. (2003)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771011870
Pages: 286

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The Case of Lena S. (2002)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771011894
Pages: 286

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