Liberty Street

Liberty Street

A Novel

Book - 2015
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From the Governor General's Award-winning author of Cool Water , a poignant and often witty new novel about rash acts and altered lives.

When sharp-edged Frances Moon and her long-time partner encounter a funeral procession that brings traffic to a halt, she finds herself blurting out the barest thread of a story that she never intended to share. The reverberations drive her back to the past and her mother's old rental property, the lone house in a failed subdivision called Liberty Street.

There, memories are ghosts: Frances's mother on her way to Nashville to become a country singer; her father determined to run his farm despite his failing eyesight; the town's bad apple, Dooley Sullivan; a string of renters including the December bride, Esme Bigalow, and a man who met a tragic end, Silas Chance.

When a domestic mishap and a torrential hailstorm send Frances to the questionable safety of an eccentric neighbour's kitchen, she learns just how unreliable memory is, and that she was not the only one whose life after Elliot, Saskatchewan was determined by half-truths and bad decisions.

With depth, insight and the subtle humour for which she is known, Dianne Warren gives us an engrossing and touching new novel about disappointment, anger and the redemptive power of kindness.

Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HarperCollinsPublishersLtd, 2015, ♭2015
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781554685608
Branch Call Number: WARR
Characteristics: 372 pages ; 23 cm


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Aug 27, 2018

I found this to be a difficult and challenging book to read. I suppose it's meant to be an example of how a person's life and relationship with others can be so daunting and negative and self destructive. I wasn't always able to determine the why's when it appeared many times that there were so many less negative alternatives. Obviously psychological issues were a significant factor as well as life experiences, unknown factors and a thousand other variables.

Having said all that, it's well worth your time to hang in there and read through to the very end.

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