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Getting Over Edgar

3.25 of 5 stars 3.25  ·  rating details  ·  59 ratings  ·  7 reviews
Gwen's husband, Edgar, walks out on their marriage in pursuit of excitement. The requisite red convertible, however, leads not to eternal youth but to a premature death by the 8.20 eastbound train. The story then follows Gwen and her uncharacteristic behaviour in the wake of Edgar's death.
Paperback, 270 pages
Published 2000 by Women's Press (first published January 1st 1999)
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Nov 19, 2015 Alan rated it 2 of 5 stars
Shelves: novels
apparently I have (almost) read this, I don't really remember, but going through emails to delete I said this: I have ditched a novel – what was the recent one I did – Joan Barfoot’s Getting Over Edgar – but don’t like doing it
so there you go..
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Seven weeks and three days before his death, Edgar walks out on Gwen and their comfortable, long-standing marriage. To aid his search for excitement, he has taken to driving a brand-new cherry red convertible. But it is not adventure that sweeps Edgar away when his car becomes stuck on a level crossing; it is the 8.20 eastbound train.

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The book is a tad confusing at times as it starts off with Gwen staring at Edgars dead corpse, her behaviour at his funeral and her dema
The Cats Mother
This was not at all what I expected - the cover, title and backpage all made me think it would be a silly, funny light-hearted read, but it was actually both more literary and more serious, which is not a bad thing at all, it just took a bit of adjustment. While it's written by a Canadian, there is very carefully no mention of any place names, so it could have been set anywhere in N America which I thought was a shame - I haven't read any other Canadian literature that I'm aware of.
The David cha
really enjoyed this book
Great book about finally getting the chance to become who you want to be. Edgar leaves Gwen and then is killed while they are still married. The mystery of who Edgar is and why he did what he did is left unanswered as Gwen uses the resources he left her to move on.
Shonna Froebel
Good, but wouldn't read again.
Donated my copy to the library
Deborah Dicks
Actually didn't finish - not my style of book.
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Joan Barfoot is an award-winning novelist whose work has been compared internationally with that of Anne Tyler, Carol Shields, Margaret Drabble and Margaret Atwood. Her novels include Luck in 2005, nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as Abra, which won the Books in Canada first novels award, Dancing in the Dark, which became an award-winning Canadian entry in the Cannes and Toronto ...more
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