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Breakwater house /
Pascale Quiviger ; translated by Lazer Lederhendler.
Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2010.
198 p.
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Toronto : House of Anansi Press, 2010.
general note
Translation of: La maison des temps rompus.
catalogue key
Purchase; DSO; 2010; RB284426.
A Look Inside
This item was nominated for the following awards:
Governor Generals Literary Awards, CAN, 2010 : Nominated
Review Quotes
Loose yourself in this story, you won't want to let it go.
Quiviger provides calmness at the end of both stories, a cleared space, an opening toward our own future.
Quiviger ties the different threads of the narrative together masterfully, while creating memorable characters both real and imagined. Five strong women are brought to life with poetic prose that is a pleasure to read.
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Quill & Quire, March 2010
Globe & Mail, May 2010
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Main Description
This novel by Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee Pascale Quiviger is about the bonds of friendship; the ties between mothers and daughters; the act of creation itself. It's a magical, intricately wrought work of art that reveals layer upon layer, nuance upon nuance.On a sparkling spring day a young woman finds the house of her dreams, complete with a charming garden and windows overlooking the sea. She immediately decides to move in. At first she is happy in her solitude, but soon strange events start to occur. The young woman gradually realizes that her perfect house is mirroring back to her certain shocks and surprises from her past. Seeking to control the situation, she begins to create an imaginary set of woman friends to keep her company, each of them fully unique, each the expression of a deep desire to survive.In this beautiful and moving novel, Pascale Quiviger gives us yet another perfectly realized and powerful tale.

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