House on Selkirk Avenue

House on Selkirk Avenue

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It is early autumn, 1997 and Kate Thuringer is back in her hometown to help her college-age daughter settle into her new life. A professional photographer, Kate has not visited Montreal for almost a decade; has avoided one street for 27 years. During that time, she has lived with her cardiologist husband and two children in western Canada. Before her marriage, however, Kate survived a turbulent year in which Quebecois separatists kidnapped a British diplomat and murdered a politician. Kate is obsessed with the past, particularly with the memory of a poor francophone music student with whom she had been involved. Now plunged into a mid-life crisis, she struggles to reconcile her youthful dreams with her stale marriage, her empty nest, her quickly approaching fiftieth birthday.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 301 pages
  • 140 x 215 x 22.86mm | 360g
  • Guernica Editions,Canada
  • Toronto, Canada
  • English
  • 1771832304
  • 9781771832304
  • 1,895,008

About Irena Karafilly

Irena Karafilly is an award-winning Montreal writer, poet, and aphorist, the author of several acclaimed books and of numerous stories, poems, and articles. Some of her stories have been anthologized and/or broadcast, winning literary prizes such as the National Magazine Award and the CBC Literary Award.show more

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A fascinating, subtle and very timely novel. -- Stephen Vizinczeyshow more

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It is autumn, 1997 and Kate Thuringer is back in her hometown to help her college-age daughter settle into her new life. A professional photographer, Kate has lived in Western Canada for nearly three decades. Before her marriage, however, she survived a turbulent year in which Qu?b?cois terrorists kidnapped a British diplomat and murdered an innocent politician. The middle-aged Kate is obsessed with the past, particularly with the memory of a poor francophone student with whom she had been involved during the historic October Crisis. Back in Montreal, she is plunged into a mid-life crisis, struggling to reconcile her romantic past and her melancholy present. The House on Selkirk Avenue is a complex novel about obsessive love, family bonds, aging, and the impact of political events on innocent people's lives.show more

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