Steeped in deception and immoderate passions, the Canary family fights, laughs and lies as their mute but musically brilliant youngest child, Joan, listens, blending their discordant conversations into harmony. And just when things reach an irredeemable low, Joan's experimental composition allows the family members to finally hear each other out.
About the author
Barbara Gowdy is an award-winning author whose five previous books, The Romantic, The White Bone, Mister Sandman, We So Seldom Look On Love and Falling Angels, have appeared on bestseller lists throughout the world. The recipient of the Marian Engel Award in 1996, she has been a finalist for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and a repeat finalist for the Giller Prize, the Governor General’s Award, the Trillium Award and the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She lives in Toronto.