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Radiance Hardcover – Feb 13 2007

3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews

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  • Hardcover: 336 pages
  • Publisher: Random House Canada; 1st edition (Feb. 13 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0679311505
  • ISBN-13: 978-0679311508
  • Product Dimensions: 14.9 x 2.5 x 21.7 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 499 g
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #3,529,532 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"The emerging lawn-lined suburbs of 1950s America Shaena Lambert describes in her debut novel Radiance are familiar - rendered by contemporary chroniclers such as Richard Yates. Though Lambert was born a decade later in Canada, this is no watery pastiche. She skilfully threads her characters' emotions and relationships with a brilliantly rendered historical background of McCarthyism and idealistic internationalism. Radiance is an absorbing debut which exquisitely locates unsentimental emotional histories in an America buoyant with post-war consumerism and racked with paranoia." 
 - Financial Times of London

'Fascinating… skilful…artful.'
- Scotland on Sunday

"It must be something in the water up there, but Canadian women writers are a remarkable breed - names like Alice Munro, Margaret Atwood and Carol Shields offer a guarantee of a good story well told. And now there's a new name to add the pantheon: Shaena Lambert, whose debut novel, Radiance, is as compelling, as thoughtful and as fundamentally readable as those of her better-known sisters. It is a mark of Lambert's skill as a writer that I wept. And it's entirely possible that you will too."
- Sunday Independent

"This beautifully written novel captures the essence of Fifties America without striving for effect. Lambert, who has published an acclaimed collection of short stories, adds to Canada's reputation for nurturing its literary writers."
- The Independent

'Lambert's writing, like Keiko herself, is detached, cool and compelling'
- Daily Mail

"Lambert's powerful debut novel is more subtle than its plot line suggests. Lambert paints with fresh colours the now familiar setting of manicured, 1950s US suburbia."
- Metro London

"A fascinating debut novel."
- Bella

About the Author

Shaena Lambert’s novel Radiance was chosen as a ‘best book of the year’ by both the Globe and Mail and Quill and Quire and was a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Award and the Ethel Wilson Award. Her collection The Falling Woman was published to critical acclaim in Canada, the UK and Germany, and was a finalist for the Danuta Gleed Award. Her stories have appeared recently in Zoetrope: All Story, The Vancouver Review, and Best Canadian Stories 2010, and are forthcoming in Ploughshares, guest-selected by Colm Toibin, and Best Canadian Stories 2011. She lives in Vancouver, where she teaches at The Writers’ Studio at Simon Fraser University.

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