"Queyras' novel scores the jagged incisions of childhood. How her characters escape or embrace or succumb to the damage, she manages through an exquisite prose that cannot comfort them, nor ease us. Yes we cannot help but be held by the language."--Dionne Brand
Five siblings, all haunted by the death of a brother in their youth. One winter day, when another of them will be taken by cancer.
Guddy is struggling to fly across the continent in a snowstorm to see her sister while she still can. Jerry, avoiding the phone, hits the highway, driving as fast as he can away from his back pain and his son. Bjarne, just back from six years on the streets, is watching Judge Judy, trying to quiet the voices in his head. Annie is cleaning her mother's trailer and ducking her questions. And then there's Therese, trying to forgive them all before it's too late.
As all five are forced to react--or to choose to not react--to the news of Therese's impending death, their actions weave a nuanced portrait of a family, of the devastating reach of childhood grief.
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Coach House Books
December 19, 2011
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