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Catch My Drift
Lorna always wanted to stand out, but her career as a competitive swimmer was cut short by a knee injury. Cara, her daughter, tries hard to blend in, but when she has to fill in for her brother at a school pageant, she is overwhelmed by terror. Lorna is vain about her ability to shut out distractions. Cara can't control her scary thoughts. And while Lorna tries her best to ...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published April 3rd 2018 by Goose Lane Editions
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An exceptional book about otherwise ordinary lives: a single mother, pregnant at 20, with an absentee drifter boyfriend, raises a boy and a girl to their teens, making sacrifices along the way. Ms. Scott really excelled at making the ordinary interesting, and the book had my attention from the first chapter. Lorna's life is told in the third person; her daughter Cara's story is in the first person, which helps to add an injection of realism and is a refreshing change of pace, once again adding t ...more
This seems like the kind of book best read slowly in order to appreciate its acute observations and precise prose, but I spent five hours on buses yesterdays, so I devoured it -- or, more accurately, was devoured by it -- in a couple of days. My heart aches for single mom Lorna, daughter Cara, Jed, and even, at times, flaky dad Alex. Their struggles seem real to me, and I can't help wondering what is going on in their lives now. But it's not all bleak. There are flashes of humor, and, in the end ...more
I read this book because I will meet the author and have lunch next week. She is daughter of an old friend and has a book launch here. It is a debut novel rich in human understanding and original metaphor, mostly about mother - daughter relationships in two generations. I got a bit bogged down in one place since I felt that I had lived that teenage angst with my three daughters and needed no reminders. But as my girls' teens passed, as I knew they would, so did the protagonist's. I could have us ...more
Genevieve Scott is a graduate of the University of British Columbia’s Creative Writing MFA. Her short fiction has been published in literary journals in Canada and the United Kingdom, including the New Quarterly, the White Wall Review, and the Bristol Short Story Prize Anthology, among others. Her short films have been screened at eleven film festivals throughout the US, Canada, England, and Irela ...more