Losing Eddie: A Novel

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Deborah Joy Corey captures the voice of rural poverty and the voice of a single, struggling family in southeastern Canada. The voice belongs to an innocent nine-year-old girl, who, throughout this startling novel, remains a nameless, silent outsider in a family whose troubles don't leave much energy for paying attention to someone who isn't in desperate need.

"Deborah Joy Corey makes a stunning debut with her first novel." -Maclean's

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Overview


Deborah Joy Corey captures the voice of rural poverty and the voice of a single, struggling family in southeastern Canada. The voice belongs to an innocent nine-year-old girl, who, throughout this startling novel, remains a nameless, silent outsider in a family whose troubles don't leave much energy for paying attention to someone who isn't in desperate need.

"Deborah Joy Corey makes a stunning debut with her first novel." -Maclean's

Losing Eddie is a first novel startlingly narrated by a nameless nine-year-old child who sees herself as the outsider in her own family. Set in rural southeastern Canada and marked by the strife of poverty, the book details the girl's stuggle to define herself against the backdrop of turmoil.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A troubled family is portrayed from the viewpoint of the nine-year-old daughter. (Sept.)
Library Journal
The collective family sadness of losing a child, as seen through the eyes of a nine-year-old, is the focus of this first novel. Corey demonstrates much bright promise with her spare prose, though her story line is depressing. Eddie, fresh from reform school, is killed; Mama has two breakdowns; Daddy sits in the wellhouse and drinks beer; Sister has twin babies and an abusive husband; brother Bucky almost drowns; and the neighbor across the road dies and the children of the religious nuts up the road are incestuous. Our narrator feels bereft, ignored, jealous of the attention paid to others, and slightly off-kilter in her year of angst. In the end, everybody bucks up and goes on. This is a soap opera, but Corey writes beautifully. She seems to be asking, Where is the joy and fun of life that helps one go on?-- Dawn L. Anderson, North Richland Hills P.L., Tex.
School Library Journal
YA-Through a first-person narration, readers view a nameless nine-year-old girl and see how she and her dysfunctional family cope with the accidental death of her brother. YAs will sense the grinding poverty present in the farmhouse and realize that these people's lives are very grim. The book contains adult themes such as drunkenness, mental illness, physical spousal abuse, and incest between two children. This is not a happy story as it recounts the tribulations of one year in the lives of a rural Canadian family, but it is an honest one.-Marguerite O'Connor, R.E. Lee High School, Springfield, VA
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781565120914
  • Publisher: Algonquin Books of Chapel Hill
  • Publication date: 1/28/1994
  • Series: Front Porch Paperback Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 238
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.65 (d)

Meet the Author


Deborah Joy Corey was born and raised in a rural area of Canada called Temperance Vale and now divides her time between Maine and New Brunswick. Her writing has appeared in a number of magazines, including Mademoiselle, Story, and Ploughshares.
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