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by Lisa Moore

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literary, contemporary women
list price: $16.95
also available: Paperback Hardcover
category: Fiction
published: 2009
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A beautiful poetic novel

I absolutely loved this book. It is the story of a woman, told in flashes, before and after the death of her husband in the sinking of the Ocean Ranger oil rig off the coast of Newfoundland. The book is beautifully-written and poetic. I expected it to be somewhat depressing, based on the topic, and was surprised to find that it was actually quite uplifting. The slow-moving tides of grief and life and carrying on.

So very, very.

Moore creates the perfect mood to flush out the story of loss after tragedy. I was struck by her language, it was so "very, very." (Loved that!)

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February by Lisa Moore

Elegant and eloquent! Moore handles this topic with great sensitivity, balancing the line between love and loss to perfection. This is a book that should be read slowly, so that the full impact of the emotions of the fully crafted characters can be understood.
This is a great book for discussion, and will be enjoyed by book clubs; as well as anyone interested in gaining an understanding of how we move on from the most horrific of tragedies.

February by Lisa Moore

Excellent book. Simple, poignant story of real life, told with truth and simplicity - wonderful insight into a woman's life. Would recommend highly.

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  • Winner, Canada Reads
  • , The New Yorker Best Books of the Year
  • Long-listed, Man Booker Prize
  • Commended, Quill & Quire Books of the Year
  • Commended, Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year
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Winner of Canada Reads 2013 and longlisted for the Man Booker Prize

In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's Day storm. All eighty-four men aboard died. February is the story of Helen O'Mara, one of those left behind when her husband, Cal, drowns on the rig. It begins in the present-day, more than twenty-five years later, but spirals back again and again to the "February" that persists in Helen's mind and heart.

Writing at the peak of her form, her steadfast refusal to sentimentalize coupled with an almost shocking ability to render the precise details of her characters' physical and emotional worlds, Lisa Moore gives us her strongest work yet. Here is a novel about complex love and cauterizing grief, about past and present and how memory knits them together, about a fiercely close community and its universal struggles, and finally about our need to imagine a future, no matter how fragile, before we truly come home. This is a profound, gorgeous, heart-stopping work from one of our best writers.

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