Children of the day
35,95 $

Children of the day

SANDRA BIRDSELL


Children of the day

SANDRA BIRDSELL

35,95 $ 35,95 $
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Livre en anglais
Habituellement expédié en 2 à 12 semaines
Résumé
In Children of the Day, the Giller-nominated author Sandra Birdsell has created an indelible, life-affirming portrait of a marriage on the knife-edge of disaster, in the tiny mythical town of Union Plains, Manitoba. She not only captures the unruly hearts of Sara and Oliver Vandal, but also all the sticking points, strengths and traumas of their Mennonite and Metis cultures. Their meeting was a near-fatal accident, but from the moment that Oliver Vandal, driving cab in Winnipeg, almost ran Sara Vogt down, the lives of these unlikely lovers have been rudely, sometimes bruisingly, sometimes gloriously, intertwined. Sara, a Mennonite immigrant stifled by a bloody family history and the secrets and propriety of her people, took one look at the darkly handsome Oliver and made a flying leap into his arms. Through twenty years of marriage and ten children, she has hung on for dear life, using her considerable willpower to create a home that can harbour a dozen Vandals in a tiny house on the outskirts of Union Plains. Nobody’s idea of a family man, Oliver has had to eke out a wage as the manager of the down-at-the-heels local hotel, bootlegging on the side to make ends meet. He is troubled by his own ghosts and longings, one moment nostalgic for his Metis heritage and the next daydreaming of finally proving himself to his childhood sweetheart, Alice Bouchard, who lives a tantalizing ferry ride away in the French town across the river. As Children of the Day opens, Sara and Oliver’s marriage hangs together on strategic silences and mutual incomprehension, and is rescued most nights only by the fact that at least their bodies still love each other. Sandra Birdsell’s emotionally charged and brilliantly observed novel unfolds over the course of a single day in June 1953, when the whole shaky structure of the Vandal family just might come crashing to an end. That morning Sara refuses to come down to breakfast, chasing her husband out of the house and leaving her children to fend for themselves. If she and Oliver and their children are to safely navigate the day, they’ll need luck or divine intervention. They’ll also need Sara and Oliver to confront their marital lies, their true desires and the tragic experiences that shaped them.
Détails
Titre
Children of the day
Éditeur
Prix
35,95 $
Format Poche
Non
Langue
Anglais/English
Date de publication
2005-09-21
ISBN
0679313699
Code Interne
661631
Numéro de produit
105504597

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