Nik is an eccentric art student obsessed with painting his dancer girlfriend, Jennifer. When one day she inexplicably disappears, Nik’s world is shattered. Determined to find her, he embarks on a cross-country journey following a scant trail of clues. He doesn’t anticipate how far he’ll have to travel, what he’ll do when he runs out of money, or the fact that an intimidating stranger is looking for Jennifer, too.
Nik and Jennifer fade into the background of their own tale, surfacing now and again like ghosts as the rest of their mysterious story unfolds through a series of chance encounters with intricately linked strangers. An English professor coping with a dying mother, a rebellious teenage girl, a debt-ridden civil servant, a disillusioned ex-anarchist documentary filmmaker, and other disparate characters who encounter the separate couple as they circle one another in a tentative dance.
Circle of Stones reveals as much about the grief and the grinding frustrations of contemporary life as it does about the pursuit of love at all costs.
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About the Author
Suzanne Alyssa Andrew grew up in Campbell River, a coastal community on Northern Vancouver Island. She studied at Carleton University in Ottawa, where she earned a Bachelor of Journalism and a Master of Arts degree in English. Her work has appeared in various publications including the Toronto Star , Taddle Creek , and Broken Pencil. Suzanne lives in Toronto.
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"Suzanne Alyssa Andrew's writing is sinuous, polished and deceptively simple, drawing you closer to her characters, their fears and longings, and all the mysteries they are trying to penetrate. Circle of Stones is a dragonfly's view on a complex story of love, loss, and art, in ten chapters. I enjoyed the shifting point of view because it makes the reading experience both exciting and challenging as a reader, I was also a fully engaged participant in the novel, finding connections, and empathy, with and for the characters."
"Suzanne Alyssa Andrew's Circle of Stones reveals the secret lives of the almost-invisible strangers we encounter every day — the timid elderly woman next door, the sullen street kid, the stone-faced government worker — and traces the hidden connections among them. In this enthralling, character-driven novel, nobody is quite as they seem, and routine interactions have surprising layers of meaning. Andrew brings a sweet vulnerability to her unwittingly entwined protagonists, and sets a compelling mystery at the heart of it all."
"Suzanne Alyssa Andrew is a talented writer who creates fresh fiction with acuity and sharp wit. She has a keen sense of detail and timing, and knows well how to draw a reader into characters' worlds and concerns with a balance of sensitivity and irreverence that makes for a crackling good read."
Suzanne Alyssa Andrew’s Circle of Stones reveals the secret lives of the almost-invisible strangers we encounter every day the timid elderly woman next door, the sullen street kid, the stone-faced government worker and traces the hidden connections among them. In this enthralling, character-driven novel, nobody is quite as they seem, and routine interactions have surprising layers of meaning. Andrew brings a sweet vulnerability to her unwittingly entwined protagonists, and sets a compelling mystery at the heart of it all.
"Suzanne Alyssa Andrew's writing is not only clear and spare, but she expertly reveals her characters with memorable, telling detail. It is impossible not to care about the novel's protagonists, making it a terrific read."
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I kept reading thinking it was going somewhere but it didn't. Reminds me of something you would discuss and pick apart not really an entertaining, pass the time away kind of book which is what I wanted.