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Mother's Genius
"I'm reading Beautiful Joe. The poor old dog is dying, and I'm crying so much I can't see the print. Mother says to always finish a book no matter how sad it makes you. “Prepares one for life,” she says."
Mother's Genius
Kristin Andrychuk
Guernica Editions, Fall 2019
280 pages
Trade Paperback
ISBN13: 9781771834247
ISBN10: 1771834242
English
$25.00 Canada, $25.00 US
Set in the small town of Grenville, Ontario, a setting perhaps familiar to the reader from the author's previous novel Cadillac Road, this story progresses from the 1950s through the 1980s. In 1940, five-year-old Martin Thorton fell from the family's apartment balcony, suffering catastrophic and permanent injuries. His accident plays a role in everything that happens afterwards -- his marginalization growing up a disabled person, his mother's guilt and unfailing devotion, his sister's alienation. Told from the point of view of his sister Gretchen, and his friend Donna, this is Martin's story.

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