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The Alphabet Stones is about three families, one of them supernatural, and how they intertwine - with each other and with the land, a moody eastern Ontario of communes, music festivals and cedar swamps; stony farms and muddy rivers. This is a story about enchantment - how the land enchants us, how we enchant one another - why it's necessary that we do, and dangerous when w ...more
Paperback, 227 pages
Published September 15th 2013 by Blue Denim Press Inc (first published January 1st 2013)
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Oct 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Another book that took its time sinking its hooks into me, The Alphabet Stones gets better as it goes, slowly entangling me in its magical brambles until I can't help but turn the pages.
Fifteen year old Jody is intriguing, but all the other characters are ciphers to some degree, which I find a bit maddening in the early going, but which makes more and more sense with the turn of every page. The magic, when it comes, is low key and very believable. And everything falls into place by the end. Jody
Chris Faiers
Feb 16, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Alphabet Stones (review) - future Governor General winner

Clear room on your bookshelves for "The Alphabet Stones". This book is a keeper - it better be a contender for the Governor General's Award, the Giller, Canada Reads - all of Canada's major literary awards - it's that damn good!

Make room between Jane Urquhart's amazing novel, "Away" - pioneer life amid haunting forest mysteries on the edge of the Canadian Shield, and Miriam Toews' coming-of-age novel, "A Complicated Kindness" - growin
Dania Madera-Lerman
May 22, 2015 rated it it was amazing
5 STAR Review
I am a big fan of Ursula Pflug's writing and especially loved this book. Her characters always have a lot of depth, and it is very interesting and thought provoking to go with them on their journeys. The Author's imagination always transports us to fantastic worlds layered with incredible beauty. Her stories, peppered with humor, are also very touching and inspirational. The never ending human quest of trying to bring different, opposing, inner and outer worlds together in harmony
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Jan 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
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Cathy Breshears
Apr 11, 2014 rated it it was amazing
I already know I will love it!! As soon as my mom finishes it I will read it and post a review.
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I have an inclination towards novels that have titles for every chapter. It makes each chapter seem like a story in itself. However, I did a bit of a double-take when I read “Gas Station Washrooms” as the title of the first chapter of The Alphabet Stones. But it is the nature of this novel to tread the line between the everyday and the timeless, between the real and the surreal.

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Born in Tunis to German parents, Ursula Pflug grew up in Toronto and attended the University of Toronto and The Ontario College of Art and Design. She travelled widely, living on her own in Hawai'i and in New York City as a teen in the late seventies. Formerly a graphic artist, Pflug began concentrating on her writing after moving to the rural Kawarthas to raise a family with the internationally k ...more

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