A Novel

Book - 2014
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The bestselling author of the award-winning international sensation Deafening returns to the period following the First World War with a tour de force-an extraordinary novel of secrets withheld and secrets revealed.

In 1919, only months after the end of the Great War, the men and women of Deseronto struggle to recover from wounds of the past, both visible and hidden. Kenan, a young soldier who has returned from the war damaged and disfigured, confines himself to his small house on the Bay of Quinte, wandering outside only under the cover of night. His wife, Tress, attempting to adjust to the trauma that overwhelms her husband and which has changed their marriage, seeks advice from her Aunt Maggie. Maggie, along with her husband, Am, who cares for the town clock tower, have their own sorrows, which lie unacknowledged between them. Maggie finds joy in her friendship with a local widow and in the Choral Society started by Lukas, a Music Director who has moved to the town from an unknown place in war-torn Europe. While rehearsing and performing, Maggie rediscovers a part of herself that she had long set aside. As the decade draws to a close and the lives of these beautifully-drawn characters become more entwined, each of them must decide what to share and what to hide, and how their actions will lead them into the future.

With the narrative power and writerly grace for which she is celebrated, Frances Itani has crafted a deeply moving, emotionally rich story about the burdens of the past. She shows us how, ultimately, the very secrets we bury to protect ourselves can also be the cause of our undoing. Tell is stunning achievement.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollins Canada, c2014
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9781443406925
Branch Call Number: ITA
Characteristics: 321 p. ;,24 cm


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Aug 06, 2018

Set immediately after World War, this book focuses on returning soldier Kenan and his difficulty rue-entering a world marred by his injuries and psychological problems. It also focuses on. Maggie, a woman who comes alive while practicing for a Christmas concert, reviving her wonderful talent as a soprano. The book is a bit slow at times but each chapter unveils layer upon layer of each character’s past struggles. A quick read, especially in the summer.

lotuslori_8 Dec 27, 2017

I found the first 2/3 of the novel ho-hum, but as the long hidden feelings of the characters began to reveal themselves their stories became much more interesting. In the end, I did enjoy the book.

Nov 16, 2015

A nice book; it gives you a feel of the life of people in Ontario a round the first world war.

Jan 25, 2015

Disappointing as a follow-up to Deafening.

Jan 10, 2015

"I suppose that's the stuff we are made of, stories and journeys great or small, complete or incomplete, whatever gets passed on to us down the line."

Itani 'tells' well.

Jan 02, 2015

Started off well but fizzled out really.I skipped along quickly to the end.Was nominated for the Giller.

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