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Author Spotlight: Barbara Gowdy

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Barbara Gowdy is a three-time finalist for The Governor General’s Award and The Roger’s Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize. She was nominated twice for The Scotiabank Giller Prize and The Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and she has been long-listed for The Booker Prize. Ben Marcus of Harper’s magazine has named her as one of the few “terrific” literary realists who have “pounded on the emotional possibilities of their mode, refusing to subscribe to worn-out techniques and story-telling methods.” Here are her books.
Little Sister

Little Sister

A Novel
edition:Hardcover
also available: eBook Paperback
tagged : literary

The farthest place you can go is closer than you can imagine.

Rose is a sensible woman, thirty-four years old. Together with her widowed mother, Fiona, she runs a small repertory cinema in a big city. Fiona is in the early stages of dementia and is beginning to make painful references to Rose’s sister, Ava, who died young in an accident.

It is high summer, and a band of storms, unusual for their frequency and heavy downpour, is rolling across the city. Something unusual is also happening to Ros …

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Falling Angels

Falling Angels

edition:Paperback
also available: eBook
tagged : literary
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The Romantic

The Romantic

edition:Paperback
also available: Paperback eBook
tagged : literary

For lovers of literary fiction, The Romantic is Barbara Gowdy’s utterly absorbing tale of love, longing, and loss. It is the story of Louise, whose former beautyqueen mother disappears one day, leaving a note that reads only—and incorrectly—“Louise knows how to work the washing machine.” Louise promptly falls passionately in love with Mrs. Richter, the new neighbor, and then with Abel, Mrs. Richter’s nature-loving, enigmatic son. Despite the fact that Abel moves away, Louise becomes …

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White Bone

White Bone

A Novel
edition:eBook
tagged : literary

If elephants could tell just one story, it would be the story of Mud, a young elephant cow orphaned at birth and blessed with visionary powers. Mud’s life on the African plain is changed forever when she and her adopted family are forced by prolonged drought to linger at one of the few remaining watering holes. The herd is ambushed there by ivory poachers, who kill almost all the cows and their young. The traumatized survivors, including a pregnant Mud, set out in search of the talismanic whit …

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Helpless

Helpless

tagged : literary

Celia is the single mother of an exceptionally beautiful child: nine-year-old Rachel. All too aware of the precarious balance of the life she has built for the two of them, Celia worries about her daughter’s longing for the father she has never met. When Rachel disappears one night during a blackout, Celia is stricken with guilt and terror. But her desperation is only half the story as Ron, the man who has taken Rachel, struggles with feelings that are at once tender, misguided and chillingly …

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