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Following Anne Simpson's acclaimed debut novel, Canterbury Beach, and her Griffin Prize--winning Loop, comes a gripping novel about a family touched by loss that calls to mind Beth Powning's The Hatbox Letters. A young man, Damian, is consumed by guilt over the death of his sister on the shore of the Northumberland Strait. Travelling to Niagara Falls with his mother a year after the accident, they visit Damian's estranged uncle, a former daredevil of the falls who is slowly going blind, and his mentally disabled cousin, named after Elvis Presley, with the intention of scattering the girl's ashes. Damian distances himself from the family when he dives into an intense relationship with a girl he sees in the window of a tattoo parlour. The girl has her own memories to haunt her and has run away from home. In the sultry heat of summer, near to the Falls' siren call, new and old wounds surface and lead to a misunderstood betrayal. A chain of events follows that takes the family from despair toward a course for the future. In assured, gorgeously descriptive prose, Anne Simpson captures both the beauty of the natural world and the tawdry eccentricity of Niagara Falls, while taking us deep into the hearts and minds of her strong-minded, wholly unique characters as they journey through loss and recovery.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, 2008.
ISBN: 9780771080906
Characteristics: 318 p. ; 22 cm.


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Jun 03, 2011

Enjoyed reading this book - very creative. I went to art college with Anne, and visited her in Nova Scotia, while she was writing this novel.

Her strength is in her poetry. It is absolutely fantastic!

Apr 22, 2010

Looked interesting and finished it because was hoping would get a bit more exciting, but it didn't. Paled in comparison to books like Book of Negroes and Tenth Gift which held far more depth and intrigue - perhaps I found it just to much like average life to appreciate what it offered.

abird Nov 06, 2009

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