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Other Women

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Fiona, an accomplished young artist, falls in love with Raymond. An older married man.Their haunted relationship evolves in a floating melange of restaurants and hotel rooms against the looming backdrop of their separate, anonymous cities.Although erotically charged, the affair is never consummated - yet the love Fiona feels intensifies into an obsession that continues to...more
Paperback, 204 pages
Published October 1st 1996 by Vintage Canada (first published August 22nd 1995)
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Miss Silly
One of my favourite books of all time. I've read it at least a dozen times over...
Evelyn Lau's book Other Women is a difficult book to recommend whole-heartedly. Alternating between first and third person, it tells the story of an artist, Fiona, who is recovering from a 15-month affair with successful businessman, Raymond - twenty years her senior and married.

The problem with the book isn’t the story (what little story there is)- anyone who has ever had an obsessive relationship with the wrong person will certainly relate. The problem isn’t the prose- Lau can certainly write,...more
My caveat: I am aware of the author's difficult circumstances while growing up, and admire her successful career as a writer. Already she has overcome more obstacles and achieved more success than I have at twice her age.

There are things to admire in this book, such as the narrative style (mostly second-person) and the poetic descriptions of emotions and sensations. The plot doesn't unfold sequentially; seemingly told after the fact, the author carves off and examines wedges of the story, leavi...more
Jon Yates
As strongly written as any of Lau's superb short fiction, but monotonous to an almost maddening degree. A good ten-page short story stretched to novel length.
Jazzy D
the writing was good. the book is about obsession with a man she cannot have. it left me feeling a little empty.
my favorite evelyn lau book.it's so sad, but so good.
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Lau was born July 2, 1971 in Vancouver, British Columbia to Chinese-Canadian parents, who intended for her to eventually become a doctor. Her parents' ambitions for her were wholly irreconcilable with her own; consequently, her home and school lives were desperately unhappy. In 1986 she ran away from her unbearable existence as a pariah in school and tyrannized daughter at home.

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