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ISBN:9781988732060
publisher: NeWest Press

What is Going to Happen Next

by Karen Hofmann

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list price: $19.95
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category: Fiction
published: Sep 2017
ISBN:9781988732060
publisher: NeWest Press
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Karen Hofmann's empathetic and cathartic novel, What is Going to Happen Next, pieces together the lives of five members of the Lund family following their enforced dispersal after the death of the father and the hospitalization of the mother in the remote West Coast community of Butterfly Lake. It explores their self-doubts and aspirations in the ways they cope with their separation and reunion through their work and personal relationships, and reveals the ways in which their past is filtered through memory and desire. It also skillfully exposes a Vancouver class system from the perspectives of diverse socio-economic conditions and lifestyles.

About the Author
Karen Hofmann grew up in the Okanagan Valley and is an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, British Columbia. A first collection of poetry, Water Strider, was published by Frontenac House in 2008 and shortlisted for the Dorothy Livesay prize. Her first novel, After Alice, was published by NeWest Press in 2014, and a second novel, What is Going to Happen Next, in 2017. Her short fiction has won the Okanagan Fiction Contest three times, and "The Burgess Shale" was shortlisted at the 2012 CBC Short Fiction Contest. Karen Hofmann is an avid walker, and her writing explores the landscapes, both rural and urban, of British Columbia as well as the personalities and social dynamics of the inhabitants.
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"An incisive and deeply satisfying novel about the muscle memory ofthe human heart."
~Sarah Mian, author of When the Saints

"A compassionate and insightful novel about siblings and the bonds they forge. Hofmann interweaves their stories with assurance, rich detail, and heart."
~Alice Zorn, author of Five Roses

"Karen Hofmann's What is Going to Happen Next is not another gloomy Can-Lit family saga but a familiar portrait of our neighbours and friends--maybe of ourselves--weathering the effects of far distant adversity with the same halting, human grace we all share."
~Jennifer Quist, author of Sistering

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