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Mother's Genius
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.
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.

Books by Kristin Andrychuk

Cadillac Road Mother's Genius