The Breakwater House

The Breakwater House

eBook - 2010
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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.
Publisher: Toronto : House of Anansi Press ; Berkeley : Distributed in the USA by Publishers Group West, ©2010.
Characteristics: 1 online resource (198 pages)
Additional Contributors: Lederhendler, Lazer


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Mar 16, 2018

I read this book because I found it on the shelf in a seniors' home. It's cover advertised that it was a winner of the Governor General's Literary Award and a Scotiabank Giller Prize nominee. However, this is just another case of stuffy, out-of-touch literary snobs rating a book much better than it deserves. The Globe and Mail review stated, "Pascale Quiviger has written a novel whose unanswered questions readers will not only tolerate, but cherish. " I spent too much time reading this book (a couple of evenings), and didn't appreciate the "poetic" style of the author. It basically meant that I had to re-read many passages to try and decipher what the author was trying to convey, and then was left with more questions than answers at the end of the book. It seemed that it was written by someone that was not mentally stable. When I went online looking for any customer reviews, I found none. There were only glowing reviews done by the literary snobs when it was first published in 2010. I doubt if too many copies were sold.

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