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.
Guernica Editions (Essential Prose Series)
280 pages |
IPPY Book Awards: Best First Book - Fiction (Silver Medal)
CNY Book Awards
About the author
Kristin Andrychuk, a longtime Kingston writer, has two published novels: The Swing Tree (Oberon 1996) and Riding the Comet (Oberon 2003). She has three times been the recipient of scholarships to attend the Banff Centre’s writing studios. Many of her short stories and poems have been published in literary magazines and anthologies. She is currently working on another novel.