Suddenly

Suddenly

A Novel

Book - 2009
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The long-awaited novel from the Giller Prize-winning, #1 bestselling author of A Good House--a novel with the power to change the way women, and men, understand one another.

A phone call in the night, an unexpected diagnosis--suddenly, life can change forever. sandra, Colleen and Jude have been friends for nearly a lifetime. They share sexual secrets, decorating tips, counsel on marriage, even a hairdresser. Despite their differences and occasional snarls, the friendship only grows stronger over time, and their partners, Jack, Richard and Gus, go along with it, letting this union shape their lives. Now, with sandra's crisis, everyone must find a way to endure the present and imagine the future. sweeping through and beyond the second half of the 20th century--from men in space to 9/11-- the novel creates an astonishingly intimate portrait of three women balanced on the knife edge of middle age.

Impossibly, if the men on Mir could look down through their window on the world and see this beach in southern Ontario, in the northern hemisphere of the spinning blue earth, it would be Rachel who caught their attention. Right there, one of them would say, pointing down from the impossible distance. A girl, glowing on that beach. Waving like mad.
--From Suddenly

Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780002254946
Branch Call Number: BUR
Characteristics: 317 p. ;,24 cm

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belalin
Jan 12, 2017

Apparently the author of this book is a Giller Prize winner. She's not likely to get a prize for this one. I didn't make it to the end of the first chapter. Weird, trivial and long winded, boring.

Cdnbookworm Apr 30, 2011

Sandra, Colleen, and Jude are friends with a long history. Sandra and Colleen have been friends since Sandra's brother Richard began dating Colleen. Jude joined the group when Sandra's kids were young. Their partners, Jack, Richard, and Gus also get along and the couples have spent a lot of time together over the years. They've come through difficult times and helped each other through.
Now Sandra faces the ultimate crisis and the friends find themselves coming together in support, not just of each other, but also of their families.
The novel combines present and past and we see things from all three woman's viewpoints and from Jack's.

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Spacewoman
Apr 13, 2010

Excellent story of a woman dying from cancer and her family's response to it.

AD_Library Jan 24, 2010

I was disappointed in this title. I found the story interesting, but the writing did not hold me long enough to finish the book. There were too many characters, and not enough character development causing the various voices to blend. The time shifts in the story didn't help, but ultimately it is passionate story, technically told, as opposed to a technical story told with passion.

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carolefort
Dec 17, 2009

This book by Bonnie Burnard has been a disappointment. Her previous novel "A Good House" was one of my all-time favorite books. "Suddenly" has an interesting story line about three friends who battle life's problems together. But the author writes from the present to the past, often without notice. There are numerous characters in the book and, quite often, it is difficult to discern which one the author is speaking of. The confusion is distracting from the story line.

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0922
Nov 27, 2009

A very depressing book. Couldn't finish.!

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