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Critical Injuries

Critical Injuries

by Joan Barfoot


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Forty-nine-year-old Isla revels in her career and happy second marriage despite her first husband's shocking actions, while seventeen-year-old Roddy, eager to escape small-town life, plans to move to the glamorous city with his best friend, until an ill-timed encounter changes everything.

From the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist Luck comes the Man Booker Prize nominated Critical Injuries.

Isla and her second husband Lyle are heading out in Lyle’s truck for a celebratory ice cream treat. Teenaged Roddy is finally carrying out a plan he sees leading to a new, more hopeful life away from his hometown.

They’ve never met. After a catastrophic first marriage, Isla is recovering in a contented and sheltered connection with Lyle. At 17, Roddy is flailing, desperate for escape into a shiny future he hasn’t precisely envisioned.

Then in one unpredictable, unintended moment, Isla’s and Roddy’s lives intersect in an ice cream shop, and nothing can be the same for either of them again.

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ISBN-13: 9781582432083
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 06/13/2002
Pages: 340
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x (d)

About the Author

Joan Barfoot is an award-winning novelist whose work has been compared internationally with that of Anne Tyler, Carol Shields, Margaret Drabble and Margaret Atwood. Her novels include Luck, nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as Abra, which won the Books in Canada first novels award, Dancing in the Dark, which became an award-winning Canadian entry in the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, among many others. Her 2001 novel, Critical Injuries, was longlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2001 Trillium Book Award. In 1992 she was given the Marian Engel Award. Also a journalist, she lives in London, Ontario, Canada.

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