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  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: McClelland & Stewart; Canadian First edition (Aug. 31 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0771086466
  • ISBN-13: 978-0771086465
  • Product Dimensions: 21.3 x 14 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 272 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #112,131 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Samantha TOP 500 REVIEWER on Nov. 27 2010
Format: Hardcover
I am a die-hard Urquhart fan so I hung in there despite being disappointed in the distance I felt from the characters and the meandering plot (much of which seemed to have little to no effect on either character or plot development; in my opinion, it was just back story that needed to be edited out). However, by the end, the story comes together (albeit a little too late) and I felt engaged with two of the characters. Oddly, I felt least connected to the uncle which permeates each page and the most connected to a character that isn't even introduced until the last pages, the character that is the reason for the occasional second-person point of view (which was interesting from a literature perspective but annoying from a personal one). An important part of the novel, for me, was Urquhart's apt and sad description of the disappearance of "local" orchards/farms from Southwestern Ontario. I live on Lake Huron close to Arkona which had a plethora of thriving orchards just twenty years ago, most of which are now gone. It saddens me that most of the tree fruit I buy now is shipped from all over the world. The thirty minute drive to Arkona every summer for cherries and every fall for bushels of freshly picked apples was one of my greatest pleasures. I found myself quite dispirited for a couple of days over the "progress" we've made. So, there's no doubt that Urquhard knows how to affect her readers.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By quilt on Oct. 23 2010
Format: Hardcover
this book is beaurifully written with wonderful descrip;tive phrases but the story line is very weak. The description of Southwestern Ontario is beautiful and accurate from the butterflies to the lake to surrounding farms and forests. This would be the reason to read this book. I have read most of this author's work but this is not her best effort
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It took forever to get to the main theme. I found this annoying rather than suspenseful. The writing was beautifully descriptive but the plot dragged.
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This is another gem by Urquhart, and in my opinion demonstrates why she is one of Canada's premier writers. The story itself is captivating and completely credible, it seems to me. Her use of language is gorgeous, and her character development superb. One has the flavour of Ontario life in this era, in one's mind throughout the novel -- candy for one's brain!
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This book is Urquhart at the top of her game as a story teller with extraordinary writing skills. She composes her story like a master painter getting the right balance of composition, texture and colour complexities. Set in rural south western Ontario the landscape is home to several generations of the Butler family who farm their land and grow their families. The past is always present in this setting as the twenty-first century generation of the family weave in and out of relationships with themselves, the community and the "outsider" who come every summer to work on the farm. The story has mystery, drama, humour and questions about the meaning of lifes lived on the edge of love, hate and forgiveness. A. MacLean
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