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Daring to defy a world that believes old women should not be seen or heard three women steal a barrel from a travelling show and plan to go over Niagara Falls
Paperback, 248 pages
Published May 16th 1998 by NeWest Press (first published April 1998)
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Rand Harker
Sep 29, 2012 rated it it was ok
The book begins well and has an interesting overall idea--what people (particularly, in this case, women, since the novel is fundamentally feminist in nature) will do when the world as a whole either shoves them aside or simply refuses to see that they are there. The idea of such women (two events one hundred years apart) going over Niagara Falls as a kind of public demonstration of their existence has a lot of possibilities. But the last fifth of the book, without preparation of any kind that I ...more
Elisa
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A fabulous means of talking about what no one wants to talk about: seniors are actually people too! And young people are not all they pretend to be. With charm and wit The Widows tells the story of three women well over 60 who can't stand being invisible or ignored anymore, so they take a dive over Niagra falls.
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What a blast! Three old ladies, tired of how they are treated, run away from home intending to go over Niagara Falls in a barrel. Action, adventure, romance and comedy ensue. Recommended for anyone who had a German grandmother or who enjoyed 'The 100 Year Old Man Who Climbed Out a Window and Disappeared'.
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Suzette Mayr teaches English at the Alberta College of Art and Design. Mayr has spent her life in Calgary and Edmonton, where she completed her MA in English at the University of Alberta. She released her first chapbook, Zebra Talk, in 1991. Her first novel, Moon Honey, was published to critical acclaim in 1995. Her latest novel, The Widows, takes the reader on a journey with three women defying t ...more
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