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The Small Things that End the World

by Jeanette Lynes

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published: June 2018
ISBN:9781550509335
publisher: Coteau Books
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From the Giller-longlisted author of The Factory Voice comes a new novel in a similar vein - a story of the strength and resilience of three separate women, who, at three different points in history, are forced to make tough decisions and come face-to-face with calamities outside of their control.

It's 1954 and young Sadie Wilder gets her big break at last - a chance to babysit for the posh Bannister family whose regular babysitter, Wanda Keeler, is down with the mumps. Sadie is certain she can deal with any obstacle, but little does she - or anyone else, for that matter - know that on that very night Hurricane Hazel, to this day, one of Canada's worst natural disasters, is about to strike Toronto. Sadie is alone with the two small Bannister children, Bobby and Faith, as winds and floodwaters ravage the house. The Small Things That End The World tells the riveting story of that fateful, tragic night, and its aftermath that takes us into the twenty-first century, an era of environmental disasters and the fragile economic lives of many, brought on by globalization. Lynes' novel poses big questions; how do we care for each other? How do we forgive? How do we move from one moment to the next in a precarious world? After catastrophe strikes, how do we keep believing in the forces of good? Jeanette Lynes has crafted a beautifully written story of three women on the margins as each tries to make her way in the world. The novel culminates in 2005, a year of further environmental disaster.

About the Author
Jeanette Lynes is the author of six collections of poetry. Her most recent book of poems, Archive of the Undressed (2012), was shortlisted for two Saskatchewan Book Awards. Her previous poetry received the Bliss Carman Award and The New Quarterly's Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Award. Lynes' seventh book of poems, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems is forthcoming from Wolsak and Wynn in 2015 under its Buckrider Books Imprint. Her first novel, The Factory Voice (2009) was long-listed for The Scotia Bank Giller Prize and a ReLit Award. She is the inaugural Coordinator of the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.
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Jeanette Lynes? first novel, The Factory Voice (Coteau Books) was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a Re-Lit Award. Her seventh poetry collection, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems (Wolsak and Wynn/Buckrider Books) received the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. A recent Visiting Fellow at Bard Graduate Center in New York City and the University of Edinburgh's Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Jeanette directs the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. She lives in Saskatoon.

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