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It’s Montreal, 1953, and eight-year-old Ellen, an only child prone to daydreaming, and her mother, a woman who believes in the promise of fresh starts, have moved into a large house on the flanks of Mt. Royal. To make ends meet, Ellen’s mother takes in a group of refugees from Central Europe, whose erratic behaviour and dark view of human nature captivate the young girl’s ...more
Paperback, 336 pages
Published September 28th 2008 by Cormorant Books Inc. (first published September 27th 2008)
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Jordan
Sep 02, 2017 rated it it was ok
Perhaps it is because I'm male, but it was hard for me the like the main character and not see her as annoying or immature even as she becomes older. I did like that it spanned quite a few years of her life and showcased a few things that change with age.
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Feb 14, 2014 rated it really liked it
Ann Charney's novel is set in North America – Ellen, the central protagonist, lives in Montreal and she visits parts of America, Crescent Bay particularly. She starts off as a little girl of eight in 1952, trying to make sense of the world her mother has created for them, waiting for their strange lodgers, all recent immigrants from Central Europe, like herself and her mother. Even as an eight year old, she is perceptive and and highly impressionable, and the arguments and discord these recent i ...more
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This story, told in first person, about the childhood of the daughter of a Polish immigrant single mother living in Montreal during the '50s and '60s, was interesting and well written, but for some reason that I can't quite explain, it didn't totally resonate with me. Maybe the humor was either too little or too much, or the romantic exploits of Ellen and her friend Lydia's mothers, and also their own, just didn't seem well enough developed to ring true, or maybe it was something else. These thi ...more
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An interesting conventionally structured coming of age narrative.
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Ann Charney is an award winning Canadian novelist, short story writer and journalist. Her work has been published in Canada, the US, France, Germany and Italy.

Her most widely published novel is Dobryd, the story of a child discovering freedom amid the chaos of war’s aftermath. She is also the author of Rousseau's Garden, a novel of love and friendship set in the great gardens of France,and Distan
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