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Felicia and Edgar meet as their mothers are dying. Felicia, a teen from an island nation, and Edgar, the lazy heir of a wealthy German family, come together only because their mothers share a hospital room. While Felicia and Edgar don't quite understand each other, and Felicia recognizes that Edgar is selfish, arrogant, and often unkind, they form a bond built on grief (and proximity) that results in the birth of a son. This is a profoundly insightful exploration of the bizarre ways people become bonded that insists that family isn't a matter of blood.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : Vintage Canada, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780735274051
9780735274068
Characteristics: 448 pages :,illustration ;,24 cm.

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MikeEe
Sep 09, 2020

Wow, Wow, WOW!

The subject of this work of fiction is pretty heavy - love/sex/rape/family, but the characters are engaging and the writing is inventive and funny, even poetic. There are lots of subtle and not so subtle easter eggs: They tried to make me go to rehab, I said, No, no, no. And, as a bonus - set in Brampton! I think this would make a great audiobook, but, sadly, that isn’t an option on the VPL website.

Read STPL_JessH’s review from Sep 05, 2019.

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mranchuk
Jul 21, 2020

First I have to say that I've never written a book review before because I can usually read anything and enjoy it. I don't understand how this book won the $100,000 Giller Prize. What a joke! I made it to page 72 with perseverance. It was the most painful read ever. The characters were one-dimensional and hard to understand and the plot was unclear. What the heck were they even talking about? The story was clearly not going to get any better so I decided not to waste one more minute of my time. I would have given it negative stars if I could've figured out how to do that.

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mclarjh
Apr 13, 2020

Unusual format and writing style, easy to read but still literary, enjoyable read in spite of rambling story, juvenile tone and despicable characters.

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louiecummins
Mar 23, 2020

The book did have a number of good reviews so I borrowed it and started reading. Somehow I read through it because of some strange fascination with weird chapter after chapter. It is the most disjointed and confusing book I have ever read.
This certainly shows Ian William's unique writing stye that obviously impressed a number of critics but not so much me. It was definitely not a page turner and many evenings I had to retrieve the book from the floor after slipping into a coma.
I could not recommend this to other readers as entertaining or a relaxing book to enjoy.

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bansidthe
Mar 07, 2020

Could have been a good story but the writing got in the way. Stilted drivel . Wow what a waste of lifespan reading this mess

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billycat
Mar 04, 2020

If this was the winner of the Giller Prize I won’t bother attempting to read any of the losers.

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billrooney
Feb 29, 2020

One star is generous. Boring, cringe-inducing male protagonist, needy and naive female protagonist. 448 pages in paperback - life is too short to waste on this Giller prize winner.

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MiRiAm12345
Feb 10, 2020

Did the author find using quotation marks to denote direct speech too onerous? There is a good reason most people who write books use them- so their readers can figure out who is speaking.
So this novel won a Giller prize? I have only one thing to say " the Emperor has no clothes on."

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pohpoh
Jan 06, 2020

I know this book won the 2019 Giller prize but what a letdown! I could only finish a few chapters. I don't like the writing style at all nor the protagonists.

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Junesh
Jan 03, 2020

Too base for my taste. Won't bother to search out Gillers again.

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