BY THE AUTHOR OF GIRL RUNNER – OUT NOW IN PAPERBACK
In the tradition of Alice Munro, an ambitious coming of age novel-in-stories set against the backdrop of the political turmoil in 1980s Nicaragua.
Shortlisted for Canada’s Governor General’s Literary Award and selected as a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book.
‘mature and powerful’
‘vivid and compelling’
Globe and Mail
‘a moving story, beautifully told’
Quill & Quire
‘fans of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver will love this one’
Juliet Friesen is ten years old when her family moves to Nicaragua. It is 1984, the height of Nicaragua’s post-revolutionary war, and the peace-activist Friesens have come to protest American involvement. In the midst of this tumult, Juliet’s family lives outside of the boundaries of ordinary life. They’ve escaped, and the ordinary rules don’t apply. Threat is pervasive, danger is real, but the extremity of the situation also produces a kind of euphoria, protecting Juliet’s family from its own cracks and conflicts.
When Juliet’s younger brother becomes sick with cancer, their adventure ends abruptly. The Friesens return to Canada only to find that their lives beyond Nicaragua have become the war zone.
One by one, they drift from each other, and Juliet grows to adulthood, pulled between her desire to live a free life like the one she remembers in Nicaragua, and her desire to build for her own children a life more settled than her parents could provide.
With laser-sharp prose and breathtaking insight, these stories herald Carrie Snyder as one of Canada’s most prodigiously talented writers.
Carrie Snyder is the author of two books of short fiction. Her second, The Juliet Stories was a finalist for Canada’s Governor General’s Award and a Globe and Mail Top 100 book.
Girl Runner, her debut novel, has been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize.
Carrie lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her family and blogs as Obscure CanLit Mama.
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‘Right from the start, the voice of Aganetha Smart, a one-time Olympic runner, now aged 104 and living in a home, grabs you. And it doesn’t let go until the very last page of this original and moving story. At times, it has something of the quirky charm of The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry’
‘it’s a joy to read about a woman finding pleasure in her body that isn’t sex or diet-based. Long may running provide this escape for all of us, men and women alike’
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‘The book hurtles through the 20th century in rich technicolor . . . Girl Runner would be a terrific book group read, a real page-turner which is overflowing with discussion points’
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