Winner in 2001 of Canada's two most prestigious literary awards the Governor General's Award and the Giller Prize Richard B. Wright's celebrated novel Clara Callan is the powerful, moving story of two sisters and their life-changing experiences on the eve of World War II.
It is the year 1934, and in a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for the show business world of New York. It's a time when people escape from reality through radio and the movies, when the Dionne Quints make headlines, when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and the two sisters vastly different in personality yet inextricably linked by a shared past try to find their place within the complex web of social expectations for young women in the 1930s.
While Nora embarks on a glamorous career as a radio soap opera star, Clara, a strong and independent-minded woman, struggles to observe the traditional boundaries of a small and tight-knit community without relinquishing her dreams of love, freedom, and adventure. But Nora's letters eventually begin to reveal that her life in the big city is a little less exotic than it may seem: though her career is flourishing, her free spirit is curbed by a string of fairly conventional and unsuccessful personal relationships. Meanwhile, the tranquil solitude of Clara's life is shattered by a series of unforeseeable events, turns of fate that require all of Clara's courage and strength, and that will put the seemingly unbreakable bond between the sisters to the test.
Ultimately, both discover not only the joys of love and possibility, but also the darkerside of life violence, deception, and loss lurking just beneath the surface of everyday experience.
Clara Callan is a mesmerizing tribute to friendship and sisterhood, romance and redemption, written with such insight and passion that the characters' stories will remain with you long after you have read the last page.
Author Biography: Richard B. Wright is the author of nine novels, including The Age of Longing, In the Middle of a Life, and Weekend Man. He lives with his wife in Saint Catharines, Ontario.
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About the Author
Richard B. Wright is the author of nine novels, including The Age of Longing, In the Middle of a Life, and Weekend Man. He lives with his wife in Saint Catharines, Ontario.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A well written book by the author. The story takes place in Canada and New York City during the 1930's and is about two sisters. One sister is a teacher who stays in Canada and the other sister is a radio star in NYC. The characters are clearly portrayed and at times not too likeable. Clara, the main character, is a sad woman who is very constricted in her behavior and thoughts. You don't know if you like her or are angry at her. There were times when I almost felt sorry for her life that she has in Canada.Her sister, Nora, is more likeable but doesn't have much depth. She seems flighty and lives only for the moment. This is an excellent book for a book club. Lots of things to discuss, infidelity, infidelity, being gay in the 1930's and the relationships of family and friends.
I really enjoyed this book! It is the type of book that you are so involved in that you forget the rest of the world is going on. You also feel very strongly about the characters and the problems they are faced with. I was so angry at Clara's boyfriend that I had to remind myself it was only a story. I also liked the historical references in the story.
I loved this book! The writing is sparse and simple yet powerful. The characters are fully developed and I found myself anxiously anticipating what would happen to Clara next. I loved the strength of this character, I thought she was a quiet rebel and a feminist. I highly recommend this book.
Well written but depressing. I kept hoping there would be some redemption in this story, but there wasn't. The writing was good, but there were too many depressing themes that overwhelmed the story. I found it tiring.
The book was very good. As a busy person a book really has to catch my eye in order to pull me in and keep me reading, this book did it no problem. A must read for mature readers