SalvageBook - 2008
Calling to mind Alice Sebold's The Lovely Bones and the earlier fiction of Margaret Atwood, this electrifying international debut takes us on an exhilarating, disturbing, darkly witty journey through the passages of hidden memory. I named my dead sister Nancy and talked to her in the privacy of my closet for eleven years. So begins this richly layered story of dangerous secrets and inevitable reckonings from first-time novelist Jane F. Kotapish, who writes with a delicious and energy-fuelled intelligence, a razor-sharp wit, and the ability to deliver the unexpected and powerful blow of emotion. After witnessing a horrific accident, a thirty-seven-year-old woman flees her fast-paced life in New York City and buys a Victorian house in the Virginia countryside, seeking recovery through solitude and stillness. Yet, as she confronts the quiet of her own company, she finds herself entertaining an old childhood obsession. As she watches her own mother, poised on the cusp between eccentricity and madness, she must decide what she will be able to recoup from that childhood, and what she is capable of throwing away. Written from the point of view of its unnamed protagonist, Salvage explores the unreliability of memory, the subjective nature of any one person's reality, and, ultimately, the interior work of building a home that can withstand all that haunts us. Salvage captures the subtle and sometimes disastrous ways in which mothers and daughters find and lose one another, time and again. And it introduces Jane F. Kotapish as a bold, electrifying new voice. An excerpt from Salvage: When you witness an event that you previously believed was impossible, the act ofwitnessing unlatches a small lever in your brain. An entire un-supposed world reveals itself like a village appearing in a snow-globe after the glitter has settled. . . . The unlatching is almost audible and the door is then free to swing open, or closed, as you choose. The possibilities are suddenly limitless.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2008
Branch Call Number: FIC KOT
Characteristics: 290 p. ; 22 cm