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Angie Abdou was born and raised in Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan. She received an Honours B.A. in English from the University of Regina, an M.A. from the University of Western Ontario, and a Ph.D. from the University of Calgary. She now teaches at the College of the Rockies in Cranbrook, British Columbia. She makes her home in Fernie, British Columbia with her husband and two young children. She has published three books: Anything Boys Can Do (a collection of short stories about dysfunctional relationships), The Bone Cage (a novel about the relationship between the body and identity), and The Canterbury Trail (a dark comedy about mountain culture). The Bone Cage was a finalist for Canada Reads 2011. The Canterbury Trail was a finalist for Banff M ...more

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The Bone Cage

3.51 avg rating — 982 ratings — published 2006 — 5 editions
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Between

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The Canterbury Trail

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Anything Boys Can Do

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In Case I Go

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Home Ice by Angie Abdou
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“I’m feeling guilty because it’s Katie’s birthday. I will miss my daughter’s eighth birthday for a hockey tournament.”


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I think this is my favourite of my own books in the sense that I wrote it for myself. I wrote the book I wanted to read. I wrote the book I needed to write in order to solve some issues for myself and my family. I hope that my exploration of contempo ...more
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"Full confession: I've never read anything by Abdou that I didn't love completely. Having said that, I love this book the most.

As always, Abdou's characters are flawed and complicated, and beautiful because of (and despite) that. I know there's be..." Read more of this review »
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" A very different and moving ghost story with historic touches, related through the sensibilities of a ten year old asthmatic empath who becomes a spiritual conduit for a deceased grandparent. Themes of personal alienation, loss, and the weight of..." Read more of this review »
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Sonja Carl: A Novel
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I read this book in two sittings. It reminded me of Ken Dryden’s claim that you can only understand CTE when it's attached to an individual story/life. Suzanne Hillier brings the horror of CTE to life through the story of Sonja and Carl. I was heart ...more
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I came to this book because I admired THE EMPTY ROOM by Davis. I was surprised to find two books to be entirely different. Lauren B. Davis has incredible range.

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If you liked Drunk Mom by Jowita Bydlowska, you'll love The Empty Room by Lauren B Davis. This bracing read about alcohol addiction reads like a contemporary THE BELL JAR (but way boozier!). I cringed as Colleen - in her alcoholic haze - humiliated h ...more
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“That’s Cervella.” Vero’s hand picks at something in her hair, as she glares down at a disassembled bike. “This one’s his favourite. Do you bike?” Ligaya nods as she remembers the fat-tire red bike. Pedro’s. He let her borrow it to visit family in the next village. She touches her thighs as she remembers the feeling of freedom, covering such distance by the strength of her own legs, not minding at all when she had to ride home in the pouring rain, her sweat and the rainwater indistinguishable on her cheeks. Again, she feels the uncomfortable vertigo of her body being in one place and her mind in another, the two so far apart. But Vero does not wait for an answer. She pulls Ligaya—not roughly—her fingertips soft on the exposed skin of Ligaya’s wrist. But Ligaya is unaccustomed to touch. Nobody touched her at the Poons. She breathes deeply and counts the bikes. She must not flinch, wills herself not to pull away; she cannot afford to give offense. Vero twirls her around and points at a poster above the workbench. “That! Read it!” But Ligaya does not have to read it. Vero reads it for her. Since the bike makes little demand on material or energy resources, contributes little to pollution, makes a positive contribution to health and causes little death, or injury, it can be regarded as the most benevolent of machines. —Stuart S. Wilson She pauses as if she might expect a response this time. She gestures at the room stuffed with bikes until it seems the very walls and ceiling are made of bikes, the scent of rubber tires replacing oxygen. “Ridiculous, right? The bike will save the world, he says. Yes, but you just need one, I say. One bike. That I can see. That I can even admire. I’m sure Stuart buddy here couldn’t even imagine this … this … biketrocity. And that he should be to blame?!”
Angie Abdou, Between

“With the new, unedited Saudi Arabian National Guard manuals stuffed in her briefcase and a piece of licorice dangling from her mouth, she follows Edward through the plant. He wants to show her the anti-tanks. “Can’t write about ’em, if you’ve never seen ’em.” But Vero doesn’t want to see them. She wants to believe in her own etymology: anti-tank = the opposite of tank Whatever the opposite of tank might be—she doesn’t care—a bouncy castle, a skateboard, a bar on wheels. Her capacity for denial is astonishing, matched only by her capacity for rationalization. She knows this. Again, she doesn’t care.”
Angie Abdou, Between

“she won’t be making evening practice either, then rolls over, pulling her duvet high up around her ears. She feels vaguely surprised that it’s so easy. She’s reminded of her favourite Yeats poem: Turning and turning in the widening gyre The falcon cannot hear the falconer; Things fall apart; the centre cannot hold. Her brain thick with sleep, the idea of Marcus as a falconer strikes her as quite profound. This far from Marcus, she wonders how he ever had such a hold over her. The thought sleepily occurs to her that she may never get out of bed, never return to the pool, again. As she has always suspected, the first practice was the hardest to miss and after that one slip, the whole foundation of her training discipline would come crashing down, falling apart around her. The slacker in her would take over. Yes, the pool, always her centre, has lost its hold. What, she wonders, has held the whole thing together this long? I have an intense burning desire to be a champion. That was the phrase she learned at National Youth Team swim camps. I have an intense burning desire to be a champion. They repeated the mantra over and over—a room full of fourteen-year-olds chanting the words in unison. I have an intense burning desire to be a champion. After”
Angie Abdou, The Bone Cage

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