In A Wide Country

In A Wide Country

A Novel

Book - 2017
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"Set in 1961, when the TransCanada Highway was only two lanes and, in some areas, not paved, In a Wide Country is the story of twelve-year-old Jasper and his mother, Corrine. A single mother, at a time when this designation was uncommon and carried with it serious social stigma, Corrine is a free spirit - or so her son believes until he is confronted her eventual breakdown. In his debut novel, Robert Everett-Green, Globe and Mail arts columnist, takes the reader for an astonishing ride in Corrine's 1961 Corvair as mother and son drive from Winnipeg to a farm in Alberta, then Edmonton, then to Vancouver. As they cross the prairies, Jasper learns that his mother's explanations and stories just don't hold the water they should - especially when it comes to establishing who his father was and what became of him."--
Publisher: Toronto :, Cormorant Books,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9781770865006
Branch Call Number: FIC EVE
Characteristics: 327 pages ; 22 cm

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erinsnest
Mar 15, 2018

March 15 2017.....I'm not finished this yet, but although I'm finding it kind of disturbing, (this book is about the friend that your child brings home, who gives you an unsettling feeling), I do look forward to reading it. From the looks of a comment below, it's not really going to have an ending. Well only 80 pages to go.....I'll soon find out!

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ramsaye
Feb 11, 2018

Superb piece of writing. Such believable characters, flawed in the ways of real people. Such attention to detail and marvelous recall of '60's environment. Thank you Everett-Green for a book I read in one sitting.

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wyenotgo
Jan 25, 2018

Jasper isn't as neurotic as Holden Caulfield and therefore not as annoying. He's saved from being the most unlikable character by the presence of his giddy mother, a person burdened with too much physical beauty and too little empathy. Her parade of boyfriends, other than Dean are cut from the same piece of shoddy cloth. The cross-country ramble that she subjects her 12-year-old son to is a metaphor for her life, a trail of abandoned lovers, betrayed friends and empty rooms. The book ends, the music stops, the party balloons have shriveled. Chapter after chapter, I was waiting (hoping) for something positive/apocalyptic/enlightening/amusing to happen. It doesn't. It's just sad.

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