Sitting Practice: A Novel

Sitting Practice: A Novel

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by Caroline Adderson
     
 

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It only takes a moment for your life to be changed forever—as the characters of this darkly comic novel discover early on. The fateful moment for the newlyweds Ross and Iliana comes with the freak automobile accident that leaves Iliana paralyzed, Ross grief-stricken, and both of them struggling to come to terms with a married life nothing like they originally…  See more details below

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It only takes a moment for your life to be changed forever—as the characters of this darkly comic novel discover early on. The fateful moment for the newlyweds Ross and Iliana comes with the freak automobile accident that leaves Iliana paralyzed, Ross grief-stricken, and both of them struggling to come to terms with a married life nothing like they originally had in mind. As the usually affable Ross struggles with guilt and with finding ways to cope with his newly fractured life, Iliana gets used to her unwelcome existence as a wheelchair-bound wife, to her husband’s growing sense of alienation, and to their awkward new lack of intimacy.

What ultimately happens with Ross and Iliana is as unexpected and surprising as the fateful mishap that sets the events in motion in the first place. Sitting Practice is a clever and insightful study of love’s collision with harsh reality, told by an author with a remarkable instinct for the workings of human nature, a nimble gift for language, and the ability to find humor in the oddest places.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781590307038
Publisher:
Shambhala Publications, Inc.
Publication date:
06/09/2009
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
336
Product dimensions:
5.36(w) x 8.12(h) x 0.84(d)

Meet the Author

Caroline Adderson has been hailed by Toronto Star critic Philip Marchand as one of the four most notable emerging writers in Canada, and by Margaret Atwood as one of the country’s most promising women writers. Her work—which includes two novels, A History of Forgetting (Key Porter, 1999) and Sitting Practice (Thomas Allen, 2003), and a collection of short stories, Bad Imaginings (The Porcupine’s Quill, 1993)—has won her two Ethel Wilson Fiction Prizes, three CBC Literary Awards, as well as numerous prize nominations. Pleased to Meet You (Thomas Allen, 2006) was named as a best book of that year by the Globe and Mail, the National Post, and the Toronto Star. In 2006, Caroline was awarded the Marian Engel Award, given annually to a female writer in mid-career in recognition of her body of work. She lives in Vancouver.

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