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The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud
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Nov 10, 2010

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Winner of 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize for best Canadian novel or short story collection in English. The jury said that The Sentimentalists "charts the painful search by a dutiful daughter to learn--and more importantly, to learn to understand--the multi-layered truth which lies at the moral core of her dying father's life. Something happened to Napoleon Haskell during his tour of duty in Vietnam that changed his life and haunted the rest of his days. At the behest of his daughters, he moves from a trailer in North Dakota to a small lakeside town in Ontario where his family can only watch as his past slips away in a descending fog of senility. The writing here is trip-wire taut as the exploration of guilt, family and duty unfolds."

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