Karen Connelly

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Karen Connelly

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Karen Connelly was born in Calgary, Alberta, in 1969, to a large working class family. She's the author of eleven best-selling books of nonfiction, fiction, and poetry. She has read from her work and lectured in Canada, Europe, Asia, and Australia. She has won the Pat Lowther Award for her poetry, the Governor General’s Award for her non-fiction, and Britain’s Orange Broadband Prize for New Fiction for her first novel The Lizard Cage. Karen has served on the board member of PEN Canada and has been active in the Free Burma movement. A proficient to fluent speaker of several languages, she divides her time between her home in rural Greece and her home in Toronto, Canada. She is married with a young child.

Average rating: 3.98 · 3,757 ratings · 637 reviews · 24 distinct worksSimilar authors
The Lizard Cage

4.23 avg rating — 2,400 ratings — published 2005 — 16 editions
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The Change Room

3.20 avg rating — 415 ratings — published 2017 — 4 editions
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Burmese Lessons: A true lov...

3.44 avg rating — 343 ratings — published 2009 — 7 editions
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Touch The Dragon: A Thai Jo...

3.87 avg rating — 276 ratings — published 1992 — 8 editions
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Dream of a Thousand Lives: ...

3.79 avg rating — 106 ratings — published 2001
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One Room in a Castle: Lette...

4.13 avg rating — 84 ratings — published 1995 — 2 editions
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Come Cold River

3.77 avg rating — 22 ratings — published 2013 — 2 editions
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This Brighter Prison: A Boo...

3.94 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1993 — 2 editions
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The Disorder of Love

3.89 avg rating — 18 ratings — published 1997
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Dear Readers,

I've been fascinated to read the reviews here, not just of The Change Room, but of all my work. Thank you. I am just coming to the Goodreads site now--I've looked in now and again, but have never thought to engage at all with readers, mostly because I am so busy. But a reader recently asked me to 'sign up' so that I would have more of a profile right on the site.

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This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
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Powerful, no holds barred, lyrical, enraging, tender, funny. I only wished that it was bigger, but I'm on a Big Book kick at the moment, so that's just me.
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Oh Pure and Radiant Heart by Lydia Millet
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Possibly my favourite American novel in 10 to 15 years. It's so weird, and so believable--the atomic scientists come back to life and Oppenheimer becomes a peace activist--and tender. I haven't read it for a few years but I LOVED it. And now that the ...more
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The Incest Diary by Anonymous
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Powerful record of one woman's horrific experience of violent incest. Tragically she doesn't really 'get out' of it--in the book at least. Her current relationship seems to be a continual reenactment of the original trauma. Sometimes writing a book i ...more
My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent
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The Incest Diary by Anonymous
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Powerful record of one woman's horrific experience of violent incest. Tragically she doesn't really 'get out' of it--in the book at least. Her current relationship seems to be a continual reenactment of the original trauma. Sometimes writing a book i ...more
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Art and Fear by David Bayles
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Oh Pure and Radiant Heart by Lydia Millet
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Possibly my favourite American novel in 10 to 15 years. It's so weird, and so believable--the atomic scientists come back to life and Oppenheimer becomes a peace activist--and tender. I haven't read it for a few years but I LOVED it. And now that the ...more
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This Accident of Being Lost by Leanne Betasamosake Simpson
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Powerful, no holds barred, lyrical, enraging, tender, funny. I only wished that it was bigger, but I'm on a Big Book kick at the moment, so that's just me.
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The Good Apprentice by Iris Murdoch
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“He starts to whisper a prayer. "Whatever beings there are, may they be free from suffering. Whatever beings there are, may they be free from enmity. Whatever beings there are, may they be free from hurtfulness. Whatever beings there are, may they be free from ill health. Whatever beings there are, may they be able to protect their own happiness.”
Karen Connelly, The Lizard Cage

“Their conversations were often charged with an excitement out of proportion to what they talked about... Their words seemed to glimmer in the air between them, dangerous metallic threads that quickly connected both of them to books and ideas, to language itself. The jailer told Teza about the daring subject matter of the famous writer Ju's recent novel, in which a passionate young man falls in love with an older woman, but the story, as he was telling it, became a metaphor for their own deepening and forbidden association....Teza refused to act like a prisoner, which freed Chit Naing from acting like a jailer.”
Karen Connelly, The Lizard Cage

“Whatever he writes will mean You have not silenced me. Despite all your power, you are not all powerful. Men have often reduced his voice to gasps and weeping. They have crushed the power to speak from his body, from many bodies. But words written down outlive the vulnerability of the flesh. His songs will fly through the air like swallows. Recorded words can be passed along. In one form or another, they will be passed along. Movement is their essential nature.”
Karen Connelly, The Lizard Cage

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