Hindsight is 2020

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FriesenPress, Aug 16, 2023 - Fiction - 278 pages
Gerry McLean is a man in transition. Or maybe his life has always been that way—seemingly in the hands of others, unravelling before his eyes. This time, though, Gerry is in control.

Hindsight is 2020 is a family saga that unfolds over almost a century, chronicling the lives and times of the McLeans. Their stories are interwoven but trip through time in a non-linear way, told through flashbacks, memories, dreams, and multiple points of view. Each thread ties back to Gerry, an anxiety-ridden man who—at a time when a pandemic has gripped the world—is both reflecting on the past and looking forward to the future.

Hindsight is 2020 is largely set in small-town Ontario but takes the reader to South Korea and Tanzania as it traces Gerry’s journey from boyhood to family patriarch. Throughout the book, Gerry’s words, actions, and motivations are at once unnerving and heroic. He holds the clues that tie together the enigmatic relationships of five generations of family. Yet Gerry’s own fate remains to be unravelled by the reader in this gripping novel about choice, sacrifice, and the stories we all need to hear in order to heal.

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The Distant Society
Hindsight Part II
Hindsight Part III
Hindsight Part IV
Hindsight Part V
Hindsight Part VI
Hindsight is 2020

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About the author (2023)

Twenty-five years ago, D. C. Martin had an idea for a book. But it wasn’t until the pandemic that he finally sat down to start crafting the novel that quickly became Hindsight is 2020. Martin has always been interested in books and studied English literature at the University of Guelph. His love for the Toronto Maple Leafs, movies, music, video games, and popular culture is reflected in the book’s many references. Martin’s travels and parents (both published authors) have also been deep sources of inspiration for his writing.

D. C. Martin lives in Guelph, Ontario, with his wife, daughter, and cantankerous cat.

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