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At this Juncture

A Book of Letters

by Rona Altrows

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5 of 5
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list price: $19.95
edition:Paperback
category: Fiction
published: April 2018
ISBN:9781988098463
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Alarmed that Canada Post keeps losing money, Ariadne Jensen, a woman in her fifties, pitches the CEO with a scheme to save the corporation: she will get people to start writing and mailing letters again. As an inspiration to others, Ariadne writes bundles of letters for all to see; some are historical fiction, while others are drawn from her own correspondence. Each letter itself tells a story, while together they form a bigger story--about Ariadne, her determination to set wrongs right, her sly humour, and her loyalty to her best friend Leo, a gay man in his early twenties--that leaves the reader of At This Juncture informed, educated and, most importantly, entertained.

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At this juncture

This is a delightful book -- I laughed out loud several times in the coffee shop where I was reading it. The narrator's voice that comes through in the letters is vivid, whether Ariadne is pretending to be General James Wolfe writing to his mother, or two of Marx's female relatives. Ariadne herself comes through as opinionated, ornery, old-fashioned (about grammar and diction) but on the right side of history when it comes to feminism and gender. A most enjoyable character.

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