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A year after watching Leo go through thin ice, twelve-year-old Ferd is obsessed with the idea that he can persuade hisdead brother to come home through a campaign of letters.Plaintive notes appear around the house--folded squaresof paper in the rain reservoir, kitchen sink, and washingmachine. Ferd's mother, Algoma, is also unravelling;attempting to hide her son's letters,...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published October 15th 2011 by Invisible Publishing
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Reeka (BoundbyWords)
Let me first say that I've yet to experience the works of a Canadian author that falls short of amazing and pleasently consuming.

A family living in a small town north of Quebec, thrown into the shadow of grief after the loss of their son and brother. The opening scene/first chapter alone might have been enough for me to rate this book at 4 stars-I was that consumed by emotion already.

Dani Couture created a real gem with this book. I refrained from 5 stars only because I wanted more at the end, b...more
Steven Buechler
A great example of Canlit. The plot moves by vignettes of a group of people trying to deal with the tragic passing of a child.

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Algoma turned onto her side and looked at the digital clock. The glowing green numbers read 5:42 a.m. She turned back over, managing to avoid looking at Leo's empty bed on the other side of the room, stripped of sheets. Empty. She pulled her feet back under the covers and listened to the sound of her neighbour's car radio blare as eh turned on the ignition, the cru...more
Teena in Toronto
It sounds like an odd story, doesn't it? And it is ... and I enjoyed it.

It's set in a small town in Quebec. There's not a lot happening in the town and everyone knows everyone else.

Algoma, Gaetan and Ferd are definitely a disfunctional family ... and they are doing the best they can deal with their grief.

Algoma comes from a family of multiple twins and feels there is something missing because she's not one. She works in a second hand store and this is where she gets most of the stuff for her hou...more
Yearning notes to a lost brother from his twin waft through Dani Couture's haunting Algoma like Tibetan wind horses. Couture's poetry pedigree informs the story of a family grappling with loss, but the symbolic layers sit lightly on the engrossing story and flawed, still endearing characters.
Graeme Lottering
Couture tells an interesting story about loss, set in rural Quebec. Written in a wonderfully concise style that employes deep(water) metaphors, the narrative about the struggle of lower-middle class is something we don't often read in English Canada. Kudos to Couture!
The main idea behind this novel alone demands a reading. Its quirky--unique--and yet also makes sense. Its touching yet simplistic, powerful yet subtle. Its easy to get lost in.

Dani Couture spins a tightly-woven tale that lives and breathes all on its own. The characters are well realized and easy to relate too, the shifting perceptives is done with a masterful hand, and the voice is one you will carry with you long after you finish the book. For something so somber, it also manages to also be...more
Literary Mama
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The raw emotion of the novel stems from his mother, Algoma. The seventh daughter in her family, and the only one born without a twin, Algoma carries a bitterness throughout her life. (Algoma's mother hoped to set a world twin-bearing record; Algoma's birth made that impossible.) She watches her sisters function in pairs; and then she gives birth to Leo and Ferd. Named after a fleet of shipping tankers, Algoma struggles, at times heroically, to hold herself and her family afloat after Leo's death...more
Lauren Nisbet
One thing that I love about books is that we can make them into whatever we want them to be. A story starts with a place, a character, an idea, a problem, a tragedy, a struggle, and it evolves, changes and grows into something larger, implicating more people, concepts, themes, and so on and so on....

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Moving portrayal of grief. Began as 3 stars, then slowly draws you in. Beautiful ending.
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Dani Couture is the author of three collections of poetry — Good Meat (Pedlar Press, 2006), Sweet (Pedlar Press, 2010), and YAW (Mansfield Press, 2014 — and the novel Algoma (Invisible Publishing, 2011).

Sweet was named one the best books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine and nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry and the Relit Award. In 2011, Dani also received an Honour of Distinction fr...more
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