- Paperback: 336 pages
- Publisher: Patrick Crean Books; 1st Edition edition (Aug. 19 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1443426784
- ISBN-13: 978-1443426787
- Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 2.2 x 23.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 381 g
- Average Customer Review: 13 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #241,812 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Ellen In Pieces Paperback – Aug 19 2014
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“Just when you think Caroline Adderson has crafted the perfect comic set piece, she breaks your heart with a moment of pure human pathos. Rarely has a literary character been brought to life with such funny and passionate exuberance.”
—Lynn Coady, author of Hell Going. ()
About the Author
CAROLINE ADDERSON is the author of three novels (A History of Forgetting, Sitting Practice, and The Sky Is Falling) and two collections of short stories (Bad Imaginings and Pleased to Meet You), as well as a number of books for young readers. Her work has received numerous nominations for prizes, including the Sunday Times EFG Private Bank Short Story Award, the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, two Commonwealth Writers' Prizes, the Governor General's Literary Award, and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and has been longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize. The winner of two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes and three CBC Literary Awards, Adderson was also the recipient of the 2006 Marian Engel Award for mid-career achievement.
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Adderson tackles some difficult and emotional situations in this book that most of us have survived one way or another – divorce, aging parents, childrearing, coping with adult children and siblings, friendships, “inappropriate” relationships that provide unexpected comfort to both parties, grandchildren. Even when the book takes a segue, as it does in a brilliant short story that is so depressing it’s funny (it’s about a man and his partner going home for Christmas), in Adderson’s hands we are always seeing familiar situations with a new perspective.
The joy for the reader is that, for us, Ellen is being constructed rather than deconstructed: with each page we turn, we get to know her better, and admire her more. Ellen is the kind of woman most of us would like to know. She is funny and feisty and real, and when we add up all the bits of things we know about her, by the end she has been made whole.
Pieces .Can't believe I am the first one to review this touching, gripping and life affirming novel. I really adored it. This book was a whole world and one that I was quite enchanted with. No plot summary. This is just a sweetly meandering tale of one woman's life. This book is wise, funny and the characters are enraging, endearing and inscrutable. In other words, this novel is filled with realistic characters. Just read it.
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