Isla at forty-nine is reveling in second chances. Her first marriage ended horrifically, but her career thrives. Her two grown children are still reverberating from the shock of their father's actions, but she has hopes for their recovery. And she has found in Lyle, her second husband, a man she both loves and trusts.
Roddy is seventeen, restless and anxious to escape the confines of his small town. He and his best friend, dreaming of glittering, more glamorous city vistas, devise a plan that will deliver them there, and into the lives they have imagined. But in the moment of an ill-timed encounter, everything changes for both Isla and Roddy, and in the wake of that moment, each must reconstruct their lives on new and unexpected foundations.
Critical Injuries is a stunning achievement, a novel of catastrophe, of hope and forgiveness, and of tenuous flashes of grace.
"Critical Injuries, Joan Barfoot's eighth novel, is a finely crafted fiction, perfectly paced to entice the reader...The subtle narrative follows first Isla, then Roddy, back and forth, in a simple dance that gently guides the reader through tough emotional terrain...A remarkable achievement." (Quill & Quire>)
Author Biography: Joan Barfoot's quirky, wise, and witty books have been finding enthusiastic readers since 1978, when Abra won the Books in Canada First Novel Award. She is the author of eight previous novels, including Getting Over Edgar and Dancing in the Dark, and is the winner of the prestigious Marian Engel Award. She lives in Toronto.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Expected a breezy read, the book is actually a lot more serious (not boring) and cerebral. Barfoot's lyrical words capture the nuances of our feelings and dilemmas with unique turns of phrases.
A very touching book about lives being changed drastically in the blink of an eye. A story of courage and love.
Joan Barfoot's delicate and lovely writing takes us on an intimate journey into the minds and hearts of two people whose lives are irreparably changed in a single moment of stupidity. Isla is 49 years old, married with two grown children, and finally happy; Rodney is 17 and lost. To say anything more would hurt the careful unfolding of the plot and emotions of these interesting, complex, and all-too-human people. This is a must read.