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Miss Elva

2.71  ·  Rating Details ·  21 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
A haunting canvas of jealousy, betrayal and atonement that can take its rightful place alongside Fall on Your Knees and Mercy Among the Children.

1970. A tiny fisherman’s shack on the dark Nova Scotia coast, eccentrically covered with folk art images (à la Maud Lewis), which are all the work of a benign, disfigured mute whom the locals dismiss as a misshapen nobody. Miss El
Hardcover, 256 pages
Published August 9th 2005 by Random House Canada
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Feb 18, 2008 Oceana2602 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: no oe in particular
Recommended to Oceana2602 by: bought at 2007 book fair
This was a strange book. I honestly don't know what to say about it, because I still don't really think I know what's going on. Yes, of course I understood the plot, it's not very complicated, but the whole book left me with the feeling that I had missed something crucial at the very beginning, so I never got to be part of that club of people who will miss Miss Elva at the end of the book, as the cover so optimistically advertises.

I can only assume that this is because neither the characters nor
Jen Haddad
Feb 28, 2008 Jen Haddad rated it did not like it
I got this book off the bargain shelf.....sounded interesting, written by a Canadian author and the few pages I skimmed through caught my attention. However, I found the language to be horrible, it was hard to know whether the characters were in the present or past as it jumped back and forth a lot. I'm really not sure what the point of the story was? Your jumped into their lives and a lot of different things happen but you don't ever get to really know any of the characters. All in all a very e ...more
Oct 06, 2014 Nutkin rated it liked it
An interesting read with some great twists. The similarities to Maud Lewis in the latter part of the book were a bit distracting for me and it took me a bit to get used to how some of the punctuation & writing was done in the beginning, but I got used to it.
May 09, 2015 Patricia rated it did not like it
Got to page twenty four and closed the book......didn't capture my attention and was not motivated to see if the story got any better. The reading was dry and I didn't find the characters very interesting.
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Jan 07, 2013 Tara Francoeur rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Hard to follow. Managed to keep my attention but usually just because I was confused.
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It took a while to get into, but once I did it was engrossing.
A sad story, but a good one.
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Born in Ontario, educated in Montréal, I currently live and write on Canada’s east coast. In 1994, I published my first novel, ENDLESS BAY (Mercury Press) under the pseudonym, Laura Fairburn. My second novel, MISS ELVA (Random House Canada) followed in 2005 and was short-listed for the Dartmouth Book Award. My new novel took eight years to write — I STILL HAVE A SUITCASE IN BERLIN (Random House Ca ...more
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