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The Breaking Words
From the author of the best-selling novel, Film Society, Natha is a wife and mother in her mid-thirties living in the town of Stirling, Ontario. She makes her living as a prostitute, a lifestyle that is not only tolerated but encouraged by her semiemployed husband. A series of chance encounters leads her back to her very first client, the town's elderly bookstore owner. No ...more
Paperback, 288 pages
Published July 19th 2014 by Cormorant Books
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A beautifully crafted book, a bit rushed at the end. I'm glad I read it, though I doubt I'll read it again. The writing is intended to be detached and full of broken promises, which is not a style I generally enjoy, but it made for a nice one-time read only (no love affair with it). Poor Sylvia Plath.
Our protagonist Natha is intensely observant about others, but is empty and cold inside; even her name is not her own. She is desolate and desperate to be in control of her own life. Although married, and in close contact with her mother, the only love she knows is of her six year old daughter Celia, who she mustn't smother. Natha is damaged, independent, devoid of empathy, and strong. Will she find herself?