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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Grove Press, Black Cat (1111)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0802170706
  • ISBN-13: 978-0802170705
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14.6 x 21 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 340 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #578,217 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Maggiejean on April 15 2012
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I read February two years ago and found that for me it was just about the best story ever--a lot to do with raising children on your own--it taken place over many years and is not sentimental though the premise is catastrophic. It was the normal events of everyday life that struck me as so realistic. It made me feel I hadn't done so badly after all. I recently ordered a copy from Amazon as wanted to give it to my grown-up children and also to reread it myself. For me a wonderful read!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 19 2013
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Lisa Moore's "February" is a fictional work based on a real-life tragedy: On the evening of Valentine's Day 1982, the Ocean Ranger, an oil rig off the Newfoundland coast, sustained catastrophic damage in a winter storm and throughout the night and into the next day, slowly sank, killing all 84 men aboard. Moore has taken this event as the starting point in the tale of Helen, the widow of one of the men who died that night; at the time, she had three children ranging in age from 10 to 8, and she was pregnant with another child, so that in the following years, she had four children to raise on her own. The story ranges between the time of her marriage to Cal in 1972 up through 2009, and essentially tells the story of her life and how she does, and does not, come to terms with her husband's death and her grief.... The story is very specific to this one individual, but in such a way that the reader finds global resonance with the characters and what they go through. Anybody who has ever lost a loved one will relate to this book, and Moore's ability to describe complex and difficult emotions with both clarity and poetry is terrific. The story is not told in linear form, but jumps back and forth between various years, and that technique also works well in terms of drawing the reader into Helen's life; by the time the disaster itself is described, one is fully invested in Helen's reactions to it. This book won the 2013 Canada Reads challenge, an annual project from CBC that aims to have all of English-speaking Canada read one specific book; highly recommended.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Noreen Dwyer on Jan. 23 2013
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Prior to reading Moore'e novel, I read the non-fiction account of the Ocean Ranger disaster which helped immensely. Moore immersed Helen and her family into that setting and she realistically unfolded the challenging life that resulted because of it. Moore allowed me to travel with Helen and her family through their varied challenges. Naturally Helen's challenges were central but John's, Cathy's, Lulu's and Gabrielle's had to be appreciated to understand fully the horrid effects of the Ocean Ranger disaster on one family .

On another level, this novel could be greatly appreciated by any widow who lost her partner when her children were still very young. Moore's handling of that situation was carried through well.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Friederike Knabe TOP 100 REVIEWER on March 8 2013
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"...it enters the system slowly and you can become addicted. It's not an addiction, it is a craft."

On Valentine's Day 1982, the 'Ocean Ranger', an assumed-to-be unsinkable oil rig, sank during a vicious storm out in the North Atlantic. Thirty years later the tragic events of that night still resonate deeply with the affected communities of Newfoundland. Families lost fathers, brothers, sons and lovers during a night when hope and prayers for a miracle turned into despair and grief: all eighty four crew were lost, either on board or in the ice cold water. Newfoundland award winning author, Lisa Moore's 2009 novel FEBRUARY fictionalizes the deep physical and emotional shockwaves in the aftermath of the disaster by telling the story of one widow, her profound grief and the long-lasting scars on her soul while putting all her energy into bringing up her family and healing herself.

Lisa Moore's heroine, Helen, thirty at the time of the disaster, was robbed of her husband Cal, the love of her young life, the breadwinner for their young family with three small children with a fourth on the way. Much of the story is set in 2008, yet with Helen's mind often wandering back to that fateful night in 1982, the innocent years prior to the disaster and the many years since. Helen reflects on her emotional state of mind at the time as "being outside": "The best way to describe what she felt: She was banished. Banished from everyone and from herself." Still, the daily life had to go on while grief and pain were kept locked into the inner folds of her mind. "Helen wanted the children to think that she was on the inside, with them. The outside was an ugly truth that she planned to keep to herself.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Hana on April 26 2013
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Lisa Moore: February.
It is joyful to find a book of new, young author, which is professionally written, many faceted, compassionate, ardent and truthful.
From the beginning it overpowers the reader by beautiful language and attractive characters. So, it is not true that great books are no longer written. Also, mastery and wisdom are still here.
I gave 5 points to the book, even though the ending disappointed me. Not the outcome, it was a given, but its length and repetitions. Less is sometimes more. It is obvious that the sinking of the Ocean Ranger changed the lives and influenced the fate of all the heroes, and many other people besides, the authoress notwithstanding. So many problems were overlooked, it may happen again. And like a stone thrown in the water, the aftermath is spreading, spreading in space and time.
I just think that, considering that the author said it all in the book, the ending could have been calmer.
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