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Fugitive Pieces by Anne Michaels
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Jun 09, 2009

really liked it
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Read in May, 2009

What an astonishing novel. You can tell it was written by a poet because it is so dreamlike and light at the same time that it tell huge truths with a particular word choice or sentence.

The main stories are of people seeking to live life while grappling with trauma. The most obvious are the traumas from the holocaust, or from growing up with parents who survived the holocaust. But there are other people with stories, the Greek archeologist recovering from his wife's death, the passionate word-puzzling woman raised by an awkward and distant father.

The stories are interwoven, too, with the characters' passions and interests - frequently demonstrating the interconnectedness of geology, politics, history, poetry, biology, and emotion.

Ultimately, no matter where they start, everyone is seeking love and peace with the past. And that makes the whole thing compelling and worth reading.

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