Acqua Sacra

Acqua Sacra

by Keith Henderson

Paperback(Everything Seems Broken in Suzanna Ricci's Life. Only 42, Her Marriage to Len Has Disintegrated. ed.)

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With Canada celebrating its 150th anniversary, many Canadians are thinking about what it means to be Canadian. Keith Henderson, MA (Eng.) 86, is certainly no exception. From 1993 to 2003 he led the now-defunct Equality Party, a Quebec provincial political party that represented anglophones. His career as a writer has likewise given him opportunity to reflect on Canadian national identity. Identity inevitably comes up in his latest novel, Acqua Sacra (DC Books, $21.95), a story of a woman who is torn between her floundering life in Montreal and her mother's demand to rehabilitate the family home in Italy. An earlier novel, newly relevant in light of Canada's sesquicentennial, explores the Fenian raids in the lead up to Confederation. The Roof Walkers (DC Books, $21.95) takes the form of official reports from a young Irish-Canadian spy operating in the 1860s. Henderson lives in Montreal, where he taught English for many years.—Concordia University Magazine, Fall, 2017

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'Thanks to a bizarre scene in which Suzanna is knocked unconscious by a sheep in Italy, the heroine may strike the reader as a metaphor for a world thats had the wool pulled over its eyes, but, despite itself, is starting to see. Alluding to Psalm 51:8, she muses that things are undoubtedly broken so that they may rejoice, probably in the mending, that small, humble fixing and repair people everywhere had to care about. Ultimately, Suzannas struggle and apparent misfortune serve as catalysts for new levels of awareness and growth, suggesting that things sometimes need to fall apart before they can be built back up, stronger than before.' — Kimberley Bourgeois, The Montreal Review of Books, Fall, 2016

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781927599372
Publisher: D C Books
Publication date: 11/15/2016
Edition description: Everything Seems Broken in Suzanna Ricci's Life. Only 42, Her Marriage to Len Has Disintegrated. ed.
Pages: 236
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.54(d)

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