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The Rules of Engagement

by (author) Catherine Bush

narrator Wendy Van Riesen

Goose Lane Editions
Initial publish date
Sep 2004
Literary, Thrillers
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    Sep 2004
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Catherine Bush's riveting novel The Rules of Engagement explores the rules that govern both love and warfare. Arcadia Hearne fled Canada for Britain ten years ago after witnessing two students fight a duel over her in a Toronto ravine. A conflict specialist with London's Centre for Contemporary War Studies, the reclusive 31-year-old shields herself from any form of risk, romantic or geo-political. But when her globe-trotting sister, Lux, persuades her to deliver a package to a Somali exile in London, Arcadia is forced to confront the hidden violence of her past and to embrace the dangerous realities of her present.


Wendy Van Riesen captures the emotional tension and intellectual rigour of this tautly constructed literary thriller about love and apathy in the era of Rwanda.

About the authors

Catherine Bush is the author of five novels, including Blaze Island, the Canada Reads long-listed Accusation, the Trillium Award shortlisted Claire's Head, The Rules Of Engagement, a New York Times Notable Book and a L.A. Times Best Book of the Year, and Minus Time, shortlisted for the City of Toronto Book Award. She was recently a Fiction Meets Science Fellow at the HWK in Germany and has spoken internationally about addressing the climate crisis in fiction. She is Coordinator of the University of Guelph Creative Writing MFA and can be found online at She lives in Toronto.

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Wendy Van Riesen is a respected Canadian film and television actor.

Wendy Van Riesen's profile page

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