A novel of letters. A book of wonders. A story of love, loss, and life on Earth. The story begins in the pre-internet age with a letter left at the front desk of a hotel in Iceland. The recipient, Martha Geddes, is a neophyte journalist from New York, the sender, James Weaver, a rebellious young ecologist from Vancouver. Despite the fact that their lives couldn’t be more different, they feel a mutual attraction, the problem being that they live on opposite sides of a continent and one of them happens to be married to someone else.
Wharton is currently an associate professor of writing and English at the University of Alberta in Edmonton, and head of the creative writing department.
We'll partake in the #yegbookclub for Every Blade of Grass on Monday, September 14, 2015 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Edmonton time on twitter! Hope to see you there.
The nest selection for the summer is Jennifer Quist's Love Letters of the Angels of Death. Here's the synopsis: Love Letters of the Angels of Death begins as a young couple discover the remains of his mother in her mobile home. The rest of the family fall back, leaving them to reckon with the messy, unexpected death. By the time the burial is over, they understand this will always be their role: to liaise with death on behalf of people they love. They are living angels of death. All the major events in their lives – births, medical emergencies, a move to a northern boomtown, the theft of a veteran’s headstone – are viewed from this ambivalent angle. In this shadowy place, their lives unfold: fleeting moments, ordinary occasions, yet on the brink of otherworldliness.
Quist was born in northern mainland British Columbia and raised all over Maritime and western Canada. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alberta and is now based in the Edmonton area.
We'll partake in the #yegbookclub for Love Letters of the Angels of Death on Monday, September 21, 2015 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. Edmonton time on twitter! Hope to see you there.
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