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The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician's Daughter [Paperback]

John Terpstra
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“Terpstra offers no facile answers, but in his scrupulous description of the workings of the household, one that revolves around the constant care and comfort of the three boys in wheelchairs, he challenges our habitual ways of viewing terminal disease…. ‘It’s better this way’ is the predictable refrain, but now Terpstra has succeeded in making us feel the speciousness of the words. We have grown attached to the boys, (who are genuinely funny), and the sorrow of their passing is forcefully evoked.” Erik Rutherford, Quill & Quire

“…as much as anything, the book is what all writing that rises to the call of literature is – a sputtering, soaring, aching, confused and triumphant attempt to understand the operating instructions on how to be a human being.” Jeff Mahoney, The Hamilton Spectator

“…Terpstra creates a terse, tense, touching compression – very much the way he sees the brothers turning events over and over again in their conversation, like jewels. ‘The cut is always the same but the light it refracts may change.’” Keith Garebian, Globe & Mail

About the Author

John Terpstra is the author of many books of poetry, most recently Brilliant Falls (2013). He is also the author of three prose projects: Falling Into Place; The Boys, or, Waiting for the Electrician’s Daughter (shortlisted for the Charles Taylor Prize); and Skin Boat. Terpstra lives in Hamilton, Ontario.

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