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Little Sister

A Novel

by Barbara Gowdy

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The farthest place you can go is closer than you can imagine.

Rose is a sensible woman, thirty-four years old. Together with her widowed mother, Fiona, she runs a small repertory cinema in a big city. Fiona is in the early stages of dementia and is beginning to make painful references to Rose’s sister, Ava, who died young in an accident.

It is high summer, and a band of storms, unusual for their frequency and heavy downpour, is rolling across the city. Something unusual is also happening to Rose. As the storms break overhead, she loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams—not only about being someplace else, but also of living someone else’s life.

Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inside the body of another woman? Disturbed and entranced, she tries to find out what is happening to her.

Like The White Bone, Gowdy’s international bestseller, Little Sister is a fictional tour de force. As the author explores the limits of the human mind, the result is an impassioned tale of one woman’s determination to help a woman she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she has always felt responsible.

About the Author

Barbara Gowdy is the author of seven books, including Helpless, The Romantic, The White Bone, Mister Sandman, We So Seldom Look on Love and Falling Angels, all of which have been met with widespread international acclaim and critical praise. She has been a finalist three times for the Governor General’s Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize, twice for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and has been long-listed for the Booker Prize. In 1996 she received the Marian Engel Award, and in 2008 the Trillium Book Award. Barbara Gowdy is a Member of the Order of Canada and a Guggenheim Fellow. She lives in Toronto.

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Editorial Reviews

Little Sister is an existential puzzle about the female psyche. Gowdy is renowned for her ability to shine light on the hidden, unsavory and electric recesses of the mind...her storytelling is fearless, inventive and dazzling.”

— Heather O'Neill, award-winning, internationally acclaimed author of Lullabies for Little Criminals.

“Wonderfully haunting and unsettling, Little Sister is quite unlike anything I’ve read before: an examination of the porous boundaries of identity, time, sanity and madness. The novel seamlessly weaves together moving themes of grief, buried guilt, longing and, ultimately, redemption.”

— John Colapinto, award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of Undone.

“I read it fast. Too fast, probably, but I couldn’t help myself…the mystery is irresistible. I love reading Barbara Gowdy because she’s not afraid to get weird, to put her reader in troubling, inexplicable states of consciousness...Such a satisfying read!”

— Sarah Selecky, Scotiabank-Giller short-listed author of This Cake Is For the Party

“This imaginative, alluring novel from an acclaimed Canadian author unspools steadily and grippingly and may earn Gowdy many new fans stateside.”

— Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“With Little Sister, without a doubt Gowdy renews her reputation as one of Canada’s most innovative writers.... Gowdy’s descriptions of Rose occupying Harriet while retaining her own consciousness are remarkably similar to what it is, in the most magical moments of writing, to embody a character.”

— Zoe Whittall, Literary Review of Canada

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