- Paperback: 304 pages
- Publisher: Arsenal Pulp Press (Aug. 1 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1551525682
- ISBN-13: 978-1551525686
- Product Dimensions: 13.5 x 2.5 x 20.1 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
- Average Customer Review: 5 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #354,301 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Between Paperback – Aug 1 2014
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Angie Abdou writes with power, grace, and a fearlessness that takes you deep inside a seldom-seen world. Masterful storytelling. -Terry Fallis, author of The Best Laid Plans (Terry Fallis 2014-05-20)
Between is not a novel that you'll forget easily with its dark humour, its lifelike characters, and a story of many complicated relationships that lead to a jaw-dropping conclusion. Pick this book up -- you won't be able to put it down. -Jowita Bydlowska, author of Drunk Mom (Jowita Bydlowska 2014-06-01)
In her unflinching portrait of a marriage in crisis, Angie Abdou bravely goes where few Canadian novelists would dare. The result is riveting. -Trevor Cole, author of The Fearsome Particles (Trevor Cole 2014-06-01)
In Between, Angie Abdou doesn't take the predictable road. She deftly steers us into the deepest of emotional potholes, lands us in the ditch, and then finds a way back out again. This book is hilarious and disturbing, and an honest look at marriage and parenthood and the ways that entitlement and sex can drive wedges between us.
-Farzana Doctor, author of Six Metres of Pavement (Farzana Doctor 2014-06-01)
There are no easy targets in Between, Angie Abdou's fiercely engaged novel about the culture clash generated when a privileged family with hidden problems hires a young and insightful Filipina nanny. Smart and fast, both troubling and funny, Between accelerates as you read, a crisis looming all the while the idea of home holds hope. You won't see the ending coming. But it's right when it arrives. -Timothy Taylor, author of Stanley Park and The Blue Light Project (Timothy Taylor 2014-07-08)
In Between, it is the women who share the greatest burdens, yet still find it difficult to connect across lines of class and culture. Abdou has stared fraught subject matter in the face and handled it with grace and humour. Her refreshing novel sympathetically reveals women as they are, flaws and all. -Quill and Quire (Quill and Quire 2014-08-11)
A challenging, enjoyable read that exposes secret prejudices, judgments and privilege that usually remain hidden, or at least masked, in today's society. -Prism international (Prism 2014-09-04)
Between asks nuanced questions of and avoids pat answers on a thorny dilemma facing many families today. -The Globe and Mail (The Globe and Mail 2014-09-12)
Darkly funny and elegantly written ... Abdou is an important voice in Canadian fiction, and this strong new work will enlarge her already substantial body of devoted readers. -Vancouver Sun (Vancouver Sun 2014-09-26)
Between's descriptive passages are beautifully evoked, magnetic, even hypnotic. And Abdou pulls no punches: she does not avoid the difficult. She plunges right in. -Winnipeg Review (Winnipeg Review 2014-11-03)
About the Author
Angie Abdou has a PhD from the University of Calgary and is a Professor of Creative Writing at Athabasca University. Her first novel, The Bone Cage (NeWest Press), was a finalist in CBC's Canada Reads competition. She is also the author of Between and In Case I Go (both from Arsenal Pulp Press), The Canterbury Trail (Brindle & Glass), Anything Boys Can Do (Thistledown Press), and the memoir Home Ice (ECW Press). She lives in Fernie, BC.
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The story takes quite the interesting turn when Vero and Shane vacation at a Hedonism resort. I felt the women at the resort were the sex objects/slaves for the men’s pleasure and it seemed most of them including Vero felt pressured to perform. That did not sit well with me but I am not familiar with Hedonism.
The ending of the novel disappointed me as I felt it did not wrap things up to my satisfaction. I was very invested in the characters and would have liked to know a bit more of how their lives turned out. Maybe we will find out in a part two?
Overall an engaging thought-provoking story and well worth the read.
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