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A Bird in the House is a series of eight interconnected short stories narrated by Vanessa MacLeod as she matures from a child at age ten into a young woman at age twenty. Wise for her years, Vanessa reveals much about the adult world in which she lives. "Vanessa rebels against the dominance of age; she watches [her grandfather] imitate her aunt Edna; and her rage at times is such that she would gladly kick him. It takes great skill to keep this story within the expanding horizon of this young girl and yet make it so revealing of the adult world. "--Atlantic "A Bird in the Houseachieves the breadth of scope which we usually associate with the novel (and thereby is as psychologically valid as a good novel), and at the same time uses the techniques of the short story form to reveal the different aspects of the young Vanessa. " --Kent Thompson,The Fiddlehead "I am haunted by the women in Laurence's novels as if they really were alive--and not as women I've known, but as women I've been. "--Joan Larkin,Ms. Magazine "Not since . . . To Kill a Mockingbirdhas there been a novel like this. It should not be missed by anyone who has a child or was a child. "--PittsburghPost-Gazette One of Canada's most accomplished writers, Margaret Laurence (1926-87) was the recipient of many awards including Canada's prestigious Governor General's Literary Award on two separate occasions, once forThe Diviners.
Though Morag Gun leaves the prairie town of Manawaka as a young woman, she cannot escape its hold upon her life. She flashes back to her childhood as an orphan raised by Christie Logan, the town scavenger, a figure of ridicule in Manawaka's polite society. She carries her love for the Metis songwriter, Jules Tonnerre, the father of her child. And the stories of Gaelic and Metis history are woven through her life and the life of her daughter. This is a rich, multilayered novel about plumbing the past the way the diviners search for hidden springs.
One of Margaret Laurence's "Manawaka novels," this is the story of Stacey Cameron McAindra, now living in the city with her salesman husband and their four children. Stacey feels trapped by marriage and motherhood, and she lives in a welter of fantasies and possibilities of escape. Running through her days and nights are constant threats to the safety and well-being of her children, by accident, illness, or world calamity. The novel blends narrative with stream-of-consciousness to weave Stacey's outward existence and inner life into a seamless whole.
A thirty-four-year-old school teacher living with her mother, Rachel Cameron feels trapped in an environment of small-town deceit and pettiness--her own and that of others. She longs for contact with another human being who shares her rebellious spirit. Finally, by confronting both love and death, Rachel earns the freedom she desperately needs. Winner of the Governor General's Literary Award,A Jest of God was also the basis of the movie Rachel, Rachel.
The film adaptation of Margaret Laurence's The Stone Angel, starring acclaimed actresses Ellen Burstyn and Ellen Page, and introducing Christine Horne, opens in theatres May 9, 2008.This special fortieth-anniversary edition of Margaret Laurence's most celebrated novel will introduce readers again to one of the most memorable characters in Canadian fiction. Hagar Shipley is stubborn, querulous, self-reliant, and, at ninety, with her life nearly behind her, she makes a bold last step towards freedom and independence.As her story unfolds, we are drawn into her past. We meet Hagar as a young girl growing up in a black prairie town; as the wife of a virile but unsuccessful farmer with whom her marriage was stormy; as a mother who dominates her younger son; and, finally, as an old woman isolated by an uncompromising pride and by the stern virtues she has inherited from her pioneer ancestors.Vivid, evocative, moving, The Stone Angel celebrates the triumph of the spirit, and reveals Margaret Laurence at the height of her powers as a writer of extraordinary craft and profound insight into the workings of the human heart.From the Trade Paperback edition.
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