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The Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart
     

The Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart

by Syr Ruus
 

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Things no longer look the same for 45-year-old Emmanuel ("M") Taggart. Thinking he has a bad case of the flu, M leaves the office to embark on a road of self-discovery. Although the doctors find nothing medically wrong, M becomes convinced that he is suffering from an undiagnosed terminal disease, a brain tumour perhaps. During his brief period of

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Things no longer look the same for 45-year-old Emmanuel ("M") Taggart. Thinking he has a bad case of the flu, M leaves the office to embark on a road of self-discovery. Although the doctors find nothing medically wrong, M becomes convinced that he is suffering from an undiagnosed terminal disease, a brain tumour perhaps. During his brief period of "illness," Emmanuel is increasingly peevish, irritable, mean, selfish, and nearly impossible for his long-suffering wife, Emily, to withstand. Moreover, M runs into Juhan Lipp, an old man for whom he immediately feels a unique and filial attachment. Juhan seems to have acquired the wisdom that M is lacking. Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart is a comedy, focusing upon the antics and perceptions of an ordinary person as he finally comes to terms with his own humanity.

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"Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart explores a blurred divide between the commonplace and the surreal."
- Fred Armstrong, CBC Broadcaster and author of Happiness of Fish

"[A] highly readable novel, full of memorable characters ... She writes with wit and grace ... The efforts of other characters to solve Emmanuel's "problem" provide little solace to him, but plenty of humour for the reader."
- Joan Givner, critic and author

"Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart is an off-kilter, but ultimately insightful novel... done in a funny, crisp way. It is hard to believe this is a debut novel."
-Chad Pelley, Saltyink.com, January 2010

"The confident writing and the interesting twists go deep and keep you reading."
-Sharon Hunt, The Chronicle Herald

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781550812633
Publisher:
Breakwater Books Ltd.
Publication date:
06/01/2009
Pages:
250
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.53(d)

Meet the Author

Syr Ruus was born in Estonia at the start of the Second World War. As a small child, she escaped with her mother to Germany. After the war ended they lived in various DP camps before immigrating to the United States where she grew up and received her education. In 1970, she moved to Nova Scotia, working as a teacher while raising her three children. She has written a prize-winning juvenile novel and published short fiction in anthologies and journals. Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart is the recipient of the H.R. (Bill) Percy Prize from the Writers Federation of Nova Scotia.

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