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Little Sister

A Novel

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The farthest place you can go is closer than you can imagine.

Rose is a sensible woman, thirty-four years old. Together with her widowed mother, Fiona, she runs a small repertory cinema in a big city. Fiona is in the early stages of dementia and is beginning to make painful references to Rose’s sister, Ava, who died young in an accident.

It is high summer, and a band of storms, unusual for their frequency and heavy downpour, is rolling across the city. Something unusual is also happening to Rose. As the storms break overhead, she loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams—not only about being someplace else, but also of living someone else’s life.

Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inside the body of another woman? Disturbed and entranced, she tries to find out what is happening to her.

Like The White Bone, Gowdy’s international bestseller, Little Sister is a fictional tour de force. As the author explores the limits of the human mind, the result is an impassioned tale of one woman’s determination to help a woman she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she has always felt responsible.

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Critical Praise

Praise for The White Bone“Inspired . . . A marvel of a book . . . The language, social structure, intellectual and spiritual world of elephants are as real as the fabric of human life. Absolutely compelling.” —Alice Munro

“Comic, apocalyptic, faintly hopeful, The White Bone succeeds as a brave and captivating act of imagination.” —The Globe and Mail

“The White Bone is a spectacular achievement.” —Chicago Tribune

“This novel is a tour de force.” —Times Literary Supplement

“Gowdy [has a] great gift for sensual description...The novel is plenty funny and plenty odd.” -Sarah Boxer, —The New York Review of Books

Praise for Helpless“What [Barbara Gowdy] does, with bravery and compassion, is explore the immense impact that obsessive love can have on innocent--and not-so-innocent--people.” —People

“Rich in characters . . . Terror and empathy move in lockstep through the final pages of this deeply perceptive novel.” - —O, The Oprah Magazine

“The reader is gripped by the characters and Gowdy’s technical sophistication.” —San Francisco Chronicle

“Although she maintains a palpable level of tension . . . [Gowdy] offers a more nuanced psychological focus on a quartet whose relations to one another are both oddly distant and profoundly intimate.” —Los Angeles Times

“Deftly and with the illusion of innocence, [Gowdy] renders the alien native. Hers is a peacemaking genius, unique in its talent for the transition of strangeness to second nature, repulsiveness to sorrow, and insane to ordinary.” —Lydia Millet, The Globe and Mail

“A nail-biting story told with wonderful quirkiness.” —Lionel Shriver, Daily Telegraph

“Harrowing and compelling.” —Chicago Tribune

“A page-turner that finds tension not in the obvious question (Will Rachel be rescued?), but in more personal ones.” —New York Times

Praise for The Romantic “[A] heartbreaking and compassionate novel...Gowdy is a miraculous writer. The pages of The Romantic brim over with so much real life they practically breathe.” —Chicago Tribune

“Few writers are able to meld the serious and the comic to such poignant effect...a brilliant evocation.” —The Boston Globe

“[A] masterful narration that moves seamlessly back and forth in time...clear-eyed.” —Los Angeles Times

“I had to admire Gowdy’s elegant structure.... Louise’s descriptions of her feelings for Abel are carefully constructed and, at times, flat-out beautiful.... [Gowdy] has found a perfect vehicle for her peculiar talents.” —The new York Times Book Review

“Gowdy’s characters are unforgettable, her dialogue dead-on funny and smart. Her children are perfectly drawn, and, oh, the grown-ups! They are brilliantly irreverent, full of wit and wisdom, creating a story so strange, so moving, that you will tuck it into your heart and keep it there.” —Linda Spalding, Governor-General's-Award winning author of The Purchase.

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781554688609
  • ISBN 10: 1554688604
  • Imprint: Patrick Crean Editions
  • On Sale: 04/18/2017
  • Pages: 312
  • List Price: 33.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Literary

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