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The Matter of Sylvie

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This Wednesday in July 1961 begins like any other for Jacqueline Burrows. Jacqueline is the mother of three children, including her sweet, difficult daughter, Sylvie. In a story that deals with the extraordinary challenges of raising a child with sever
ebook, 216 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by Brindle & Glass (first published September 1st 2010)
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Stacey Voss
Jul 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I grabbed the ebook version of The Matter of Sylvie off of Overdrive before I left on a weekend camping trip. I've been reading a lot of thrillers and paranormal fantasy lately and the synopsis of this book intrigued me, so I grabbed it for a change of pace. I've read over 100 books so far this year, but this is the first one that connected with me at such a deep and wonderful level. Told by three different narrators, each living in different decades, this book made me feel definite disapproval ...more
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"This Wednesday has been building to since seven this morning, Jacqueline thinks, since Sylvie was first born."

From Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, to Jonathan Franzen's The Corrections, and just recently, Jennifer Vanderbes' Strangers at the Feast: A Novel, unhappy families have been a staple of literature all over the globe. What, or who, put the "y" in unhappy, in dysfunction? Canadian author Lee Kvern mines this question with a brutally honest sensitivity in her intimate family portrait of Lloyd an
I. Rasporich
Nov 20, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I had the pleasure of reading The Matter of Sylvie this past weekend. I was mesmerized with it, and I couldn't put it down. I started it on Sunday morning, thinking I would read it over the next week or so, but instead, I remained curled on the couch all day and read it cover to cover. I am particularly impressed by how the book made me think about perspective. I was fascinated by how Jacqueline, Lloyd and Lesa perceived each other, and especially, how they each perceived Sylvie. It made me thin ...more
Follows the lives of three family members over one Wednesday and explores the parent’s decision to send their daughter with special needs to the Michener Institute in the early 1960’s. A nice short read.
Sep 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book was so good! The three alternating narrators (mother, father, daughter), each more than a decade apart, worked really well, and was a great way to tell three stories (each set on a single day) that were all part of one story.
May 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I adored this book. The three narrator approach was intriguing and so strong. I could not stop reading.
Nerys Parry
Apr 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Loved the book, especially the style and the concept -- three characters, three Wednesdays, three decades. The ending is heartbreakingly beautiful.
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