By Elizabeth Hay
In a small prairie university in 1929, Connie Flood is helping a backward pupil, Michael Graves, the right way to learn. gazing them and darkening their lives is the significant, Parley Burns, whose unusual behaviour culminates in an assault so hectic its repercussions proceed to the current day.
Connie’s niece, Anne, tells the tale. Impelled by means of interest approximately her dynamic, adventurous aunt and her extra traditional mom, she revisits Connie’s earlier and her mother’s damaged youth. within the approach, she unravels the enigma of Parley Burns and the mysterious (and unrelated) deaths of 2 younger women. because the novel strikes deeper into their lives, the triangle of critical, instructor, scholar opens out into different emotional triangles – aunt, niece, lover; mom, daughter, granddaughter – until eventually a unexpected, capsizing love thrusts Anne herself right into a newly self sustaining existence.
This spellbinding story – set in Saskatchewan and the Ottawa Valley – crosses generations and cuts to the bone. It probes the roots of obsessive love and hate, how the hurts and needs of early life persist and are handed on as though within the blood. It lays naked the urgency of studying what we have been by no means informed concerning the previous. And it celebrates the method of changing into who we're in an international jam-packed with startling connections that lie simply out of sight.
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