Overview

Where does one person end and the other begin? That's the question that haunts Irene, a girl growing up in Toronto during the Great Depression. Living with her father, a pharmacist who finds comfort in the bottle, and her mother, a woman teetering on the edge of her own depression, Irene's crumbling family situation mirrors the economic and social turmoil just beyond the front door of their respectable, working class neighborhood home. As she grows into a young woman, Irene finds herself consumed by her mother's ...
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The Stubborn Season

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Overview

Where does one person end and the other begin? That's the question that haunts Irene, a girl growing up in Toronto during the Great Depression. Living with her father, a pharmacist who finds comfort in the bottle, and her mother, a woman teetering on the edge of her own depression, Irene's crumbling family situation mirrors the economic and social turmoil just beyond the front door of their respectable, working class neighborhood home. As she grows into a young woman, Irene finds herself consumed by her mother's increasingly erratic moods and isolated in a world where unemployment, poverty and bigotry have taken firm root. Yet in the midst of lives that seem lost, Irene finds strength in the unlikely form of David, a young man from the Jewish farming community of Sonnenfeld, Saskatchewan, who is fighting his own battle for dignity, hope and a place in the world.
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Editorial Reviews

Donna Nurse-Bailey
"A gleaming debut … a terrific first novel … compelling social history … This is a wonderful novel … every character is sincerely drawn; these sentences just gleam. The Stubborn Season is one of those rare novels I look forward to reading again."
Pat Donnelly
The Stubborn Season is precise, polished … bind[s] the attention through the excellence of its sharp, precise prose, generously laced with authentic history. Davis's astute psychological observations render the two main characters insistently real … Davis refuses to succumb to the predictable …The Stubborn Season raises the bar for first novels.
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Product Details

  • BN ID: 2940012372291
  • Publisher: Lauren B. Davis
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 342
  • File size: 268 KB

Meet the Author

Lauren B. Davis’s new novel, OUR DAILY BREAD, will be published in September, 2011. She is also the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novels, THE RADIANT CITY, a finalist for the Rogers Writers Trust Fiction Prize; and THE STUBBORN SEASON, chosen for the Robert Adams Lecture Series; as well as two collections short stories, AN UNREHEARSED DESIRE and RAT MEDICINE & OTHER UNLIKELY CURATIVES. Her short fiction has been shortlisted for the CBC Literary Awards and she is the recipient of two Mid-Career Writer Sustaining grants from the Canadian Council for the Arts. Lauren reviews books for THE GLOBE & MAIL and THE LITERARY REVIEW OF CANADA, leads monthly SHARPENING THE QUILL writing workshops in Princeton, New Jersey. For more information, please visit her website at: www.laurenbdavis.com
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