Over Our Heads

Over Our Heads

by Andrea Thompson
     
 

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Fiction. OVER OUR HEADS weaves together the histories of two very different half-sisters who return home to deal with the aftermath of their grandmother's death. Emma, a punk band singer and poet turned pet psychic, and Rachel, an actuary with an interest in astronomy, both carry the remnants of childhoods overshadowed by issues of bullying, abandonment,

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Fiction. OVER OUR HEADS weaves together the histories of two very different half-sisters who return home to deal with the aftermath of their grandmother's death. Emma, a punk band singer and poet turned pet psychic, and Rachel, an actuary with an interest in astronomy, both carry the remnants of childhoods overshadowed by issues of bullying, abandonment, alienation and fear. In the raw terrain of profound loss, the two sisters struggle through the stages of grief, each in her own way. The past merges with the present as the process of emptying the family home takes each woman back to her childhood in 1970s Toronto and Vancouver, in a social climate rife with racism, homophobia and marginalization of the mentally ill and cognitively disabled. OVER OUR HEADS is a story about kindness, compassion—and their lack. It's about growing up wounded, and the generational legacy of suffering such wounds can create, and it's a story of acceptance, forgiveness, redemption, and the beauty that can be found in the imperfection inherent in being human.

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"'Hindsight. The only way to see clearly.' This proverb illuminates the genesis of the life lessons that poet Andrea Thompson unfolds in her page-turner -- and new-leaf-turning --debut novel. Over Our Heads is the poignant yet sprightly story of a family troubled by abandonment, accident, addiction, adoption, and death. Centreing on the fraught relationship between Rachel -- a cool-and-calculating actuary -- and her half-sister, Emma, a poet songstress gifted with ESP, the novel moves between the "now" of funeral arrangements and the girlhood "then" of Etch-A-Sketch and Easy-Bake Oven, The Wonder Woman and Harry Belafonte. Thompson orchestrates a wondrous collage of Ziggy Stardust and the Dalai Lama, urban parks and Aboriginal medicines, home renos and black holes, all to reveal that divisions of gender, class, race, and ethnicity are, truly, only skin-deep. Thompson writes with a poet's careful eye and a novelist's open heart."- George Elliott Clarke, Poet Laureate of Toronto (2012-15)"A rare novel, by turns poetic, psychic, and down-to-earth, always wise and engaging, Over Our Heads affirms "the holiness of the heart's affections" and will remain long in the reader's memory."- Elizabeth Greene, author of Moving and Understories"Over Our Heads is an immersive, elegant novel about two fascinating women who grapple with complex personal histories that exceed even their own understanding but which, nevertheless, they both strive to honour. This novel asks us, "What can be made of grief?" Andrea Thompson answers this question, singularly, with great wisdom, heart and lyrical beauty." - Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer, author of All The Broken Things

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781771331302
Publisher:
Inanna Publications & Education, Incorporated
Publication date:
10/10/2014
Pages:
272

Meet the Author


Andrea Thompson is one of the most well known poets in the Canadian spoken word scene and has performed her poetry at venues across North America and overseas for the past twenty years. Thompson's debut poetry collection, Eating the Seed (2000), has been featured on the reading list at the University of Toronto, and at the Ontario College of Art and Design, and her spoken word cd One, was nominated for a Canadian Urban Music Award in 2005. One of the pioneers of the slam poetry scene in Canada, Thompson was awarded the Canadian Festival of Spoken Word's Poet of Honour: For Outstanding Achievement in the Art of Spoken Word in 2009. Thompson is the co-editor of the anthology OTHER TONGUES: MIXED RACE WOMEN SPEAK OUT (Inanna, 2010), and is a recent graduate of the University of Guelph's MFA Creative Writing program. She currently teaches Spoken Word: Poetry and Performance through the Ontario College of Art and Design's Continuing Studies Department. OVER OUR HEADS (Inanna Publications, 2014) is her first novel. Andrea lives in Toronto.

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