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The birthday lunch Book
Book | Alfred A. Knopf Canada, Toronto : 2015.

  • 2 of 2 Copies Available at Libraries in Niagara Cooperative (Show)
  • 1 of 1 Copy Available at Port Colborne Library
  • 0 current holds with 2 total copies.
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Joan Clark's riveting new novel opens as Lily McNab wakes up on her 58th birthday, June 30, 1981, in the quiet, picturesque town of Sussex, New Brunswick. Free-spirited Lily has always played the peacemaker between her fierce, doting sister, Laverne, and her loving, garrulous husband, Hal, as they competed for her attention, and the competition has only gotten worse since they all moved into the same big house. Today Laverne feels she's beaten Hal out for Lily's company at a birthday lunch, but it's a bittersweet and short-lived victory. When the sisters stop for celebratory ice cream cones at the town's famous Creamery after lunch, Lily is struck and killed by a speeding gravel truck. In The Birthday Lunch, Joan Clark explores the shock of unexpected death and the (occasionally comical) business of grieving. Each member of Lily's family comes alive in their unique confrontation of loss: Hal's open sorrow, her daughter Claudia's re-examination of her own choices, her son Matt's determination to expose the young truck-driver's liability. And, unforgettably, Laverne's eccentricity and isolation, her intensifying conflict with Hal, illuminates the brutal territory of blame and regret. Suspenseful and moving, with a powerfully evoked Maritime setting, The Birthday Lunch is an extraordinary novel from one of our most gifted storytellers

  • ISBN: 0345809564 (pbk.)
  • ISBN: 9780345809568 (pbk.)
  • Physical Description: 262 pages
  • Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2015.

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