FROM THE AUTHOR OF CRITICAL INJURIES, NOMINATED FOR THE 2002 MAN BOOKER PRIZE AND THE 2001 TRILLIUM AWARD Elderly, fat, rebellious and rambunctious Aggie lives side by side with her aging daughter, June, in an uneasy, sometimes hostile relationship. As June contemplates moving Aggie into a nursing home and Aggie struggles to retain her wit and her wits, they await the decisive arrival of Aggie's much-loved granddaughter, June's daughter, Frances. Duet for Three displays Joan Barfoot's usual technical mastery and compassionate insight into her characters? lives, while offering a sensitive look at aging and the complex tensions and bonds among three generations of women. (Spring 2003)
About the author
Joan Barfoot is one of the most engaging, entertaining, and original voices in contemporary fiction; her eleven novels capture the lives of people as they lived in the last twenty years of the 20th century and the first twenty years of the 21st. Readable and sophisticated, her work has been frequently compared to Anne Tyler, Margaret Atwood, Carol Shields, Alice Munro, Margaret Drabble, and Fay Weldon. Her novels have been nominated for, or won, numerous prizes, including the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the Books in Canada (now Amazon.ca) First Novel Award, and the Man Booker Prize, and they have been translated into French, German, Italian, Swedish, and Danish. She is also the recipient of the Marian Engel Award. Her novel, Dancing in the Dark, was adapted to an award-winning feature film by the same name and it was entered into competition at Cannes and the Toronto International Film Festival. At the peak of her powers, Joan Barfoot’s books are splendidly realized tragicomedies with note-perfect narration, mordant wit, and wonderfully neurotic casts of characters; she shows us human relationships revealed in all their absurdity and complexity. The body of her work can best be described as scintillating comedies of manners which are also profound meditations on fate, love, and artifice.