Three powerful novels of loss, discovery and struggle play in the margins of Joseph Campbell’s assertion that “where you stumble, there lies your treasure.”
A narrative of brutal power about parental bonds, forgiveness, and identity, Jonathan Bennett ’s The Colonial Hotel recasts for the 21st century the ancient story of Paris, Helen, and Oenone. A doctor named Paris follows a nurse to a country on the brink of civil war. When a confrontation does break out, they are swept up by rebel forces and separated. The nurse, Helen, is pregnant; she escapes, but Paris is left behind, imprisoned by rebels as war rages.
Waiting for the Man by Arjun Basu is the surreal journey of a man who is searching for purpose and for happiness. Joe, a 36-year-old advertising copywriter for a slick New York agency, feels disillusioned with his life. He starts dreaming of a mysterious man, seeing him on the street, and hearing his voice. Joe decides to listen to the Man and so he waits on his stoop, day and night, for instructions. A local reporter takes notice, and soon Joe has become a story, a media sensation, the centre of a storm. When the Man tells Joe to “go west,” he does, in search of meaning.
All My Puny Sorrows, the latest from Miriam Toews, the award-winning and bestselling author of A Complicated Kindness and Irma Voth is the riveting story of two sisters, and a love that illuminates life. A profound reflection on the limits of love, and the sometimes unimaginable challenges we experience when childhood becomes a new country of adult commitments and responsibilities. Miriam Toews gives us a startling demonstration of how to carry on with hope and love and the business of living even when grief loads the heart.
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