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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Raincoast Books (Oct. 1 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 088922644X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0889226449
  • Product Dimensions: 0.6 x 14 x 21.6 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,461,473 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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These short narratives may move with the whimsy of anecdote, but are rich with consequence. Rodin renders a full range of human possibilities: from the profound and fragile bond between a daughter and her dying father to the halting and ambivalent connection between a mother and the predatory young man who adopts her as a surrogate. Always fluid, always seeking, Rodin's prose in these embodied snapshots offers up a complex and fascinating contemporary world. -- Anne Stone Here is a clear-eyed account of a life lived with passionate commitment to community, family, and the undying need for social justice. Renee Rodin's candid voice opens up dark seams in contemporary life even as it lightens them with a quick sense of the surreal in the serious. We need her gritty mix of pathos, anger, and deadpan humour to look at what we often overlook in our daily connections both sought and unsought. Here are pages that moved me deeply and pages that made me laugh out loud. -- Daphne Marlatt Renee Rodin's writing is stunning in its clarity and the depths of emotional resonance that it draws from. Each word that unfolds is a gift that she brings to imagination--both the terror and the awe-full fragile beauty that the process of living discloses. It's all so singular yet what she writes speaks to me in and beyond language. A truly beautiful book! -- Roy Miki Renee Rodin lives the life I would try to live if I had the time. Luckily for us, she tells the stories that such a life provides. Take the time to read one tonight, and another tomorrow night. I'll meet you there. -- George Bowering "The intensity, care and wit that Renee Rodin brought to years of cultural and other activisms is now honed into a distinctive voice--funny, relaxed, passionately intelligent, deeply attentive to reality." -- Stan Persky "Renee's style is spare yet elegant, her narratives deceptively simple. And what a life! -- enriched as it is by her arrangement of it, as literature." -- Michael Turner "...a delightful testament to the complexity of people and the many roles we play in our lifetimes." -- Telegraph-Journal

About the Author

Renee Rodin Writer, visual artist and cultural worker Renee Rodin was born and raised in Montreal. Her writing has appeared in numerous periodicals, and her visual work, generally photographic, has been displayed widely. Her piece in the exhibition 'Fear of Others-Art Against Racism' toured North America in 1990.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By West coaster on Dec 19 2010
Format: Paperback
Reading this is like spending a weekend with a much-missed and completely unpretentious friend; every time you start to get up from the table you have to pause to for one more refreshingly honest conversation. These stories are full of clarity, wit and insights, a delightful and profound exploration of how we are touched by those who, deeply or passingly, share our lives.
Just like your feeling after the weekend with the old friend, once you read it you will see your own life in a different light.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Colston Willmott on Jan. 1 2011
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On the back cover George Bowering suggests that every day you should read one of the stories. Terrific advice, as each of the 17 stories are a gem. So many times I found myself nodding affirmation, thinking that Renee Rodin must have been in my family's house, walking down a similar street, knowing secret information about a time we have shared. A book full of life's details that make us who we are. A wonderful experience.
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Soulful, penetrating book Jan. 14 2011
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I really enjoyed reading the 17 personal essays in this piece. The stories here are full of deeply felt, acute observations about Renee Rodin's life and family in Vancouver, Montreal and elsewhere, but written with a generous eye and heart. We see into the author's world intimately and share her joys and sorrows in a variety of settings. Wonderful reading, and after I finished reading I saw things anew.
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excellent read March 23 2011
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i really enjoyed this book - many personal stories - all intimately connected to the larger outside world. the book not only is a personal and family memoir but also gives us a snapshot of the times that we are still living. highly recommend.