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The Whirlpool

by Jane Urquhart, afterword by Lynn Coady

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list price: $11.95
edition:Paperback
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category: Fiction
published: May 2002
ISBN:9780771034763
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Written in luminous prose, The Whirlpool is a haunting tale set in Niagara Falls, Ontario, in the summer of 1889. This is the season of reckless river stunts, a time when the undertaker’s widow is busy with funerals, her days shadowed by her young son’s curious silence. Across the street in Kick’s Hotel, where Fleda and her husband, David McDougal, have temporary rooms, Fleda dreams of the place above the whirlpool where she first encountered the poet, a man who enters her life and, unwittingly, changes everything. As the summer progresses, the lives of these characters become entangled, and darker, more sinister currents gain momentum.

The Whirlpool, Jane Urquhart’s first novel, received Le prix du meilleur livre étranger (Best Foreign Book Award) in France and marked the brilliant debut of a major voice in Canadian fiction.

About the Authors

Jane Urquhart

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Lynn Coady (b. 1970) grew up on Cape Breton Island and lived in New Brunswick before moving to Vancouver. Her first novel, Strange Heaven (Goose Lane, 1998), won the Dartmouth Book Award and was a finalist for the Governor General's Award for Fiction. "Batter My Heart" appeared first in the Fiddlehead and is included in her second book, the story collection Play the Monster Blind (Doubleday Canada, 2000).
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Contributor Notes

Jane Urquhart is the author of five internationally acclaimed novels, including The Stone Carvers, a finalist for the 2001 Giller Prize and the Governor General’s Award. She is also the author of a collection of short fiction and three books of poetry.

Lynn Coady is the author of the novel Strange Heaven and a collection of short stories, Play the Monster Blind.

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