Every Time We Say Goodbye

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Knopf Canada, 2011 - Family secrets - 342 pages
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1942:Her mother's death left Grace Turner detached from the world until she became pregnant. Now, she's fallen in love with her baby boy but is locked in combat with her sister-in-law over his care. Wanting an independent life for herself and her son, Grace leaves Sault Ste. Marie to find work, and a place of her own, in southern Ontario. But she worries: when she returns for her baby, will her brother and sister-in-law give him up?

1957:Teenaged Dean Turner breaks open a locked box and finds adoption papers with a birth certificate for Daniel Turner, son of Grace Turner and an unknown father. His parents deny that he is adopted, but four years later, Dean leaves home to find the mysterious Grace.

1961:Laura falls in love with Dean Turner soon after he sits down at her table in the Queen Street Eaton's cafeteria, but he disappears as suddenly and as devastatingly as he appeared. When she encounters him in Sault Ste. Marie three years later, she is determined not to let him slip away again.

1973:Eight-year-old Dawn Turner waits for her father one morning at the front door of her grandparents' house. Dawn and her little brother are finally starting a life with their father, Dean, and his new wife. But when the new beginning doesn't work out, she and Jimmy end up back with their grandparents. As Dawn grows up, she must work to understand her family's mysteries and disappearing acts before she loses track of herself completely. Jamie Zeppa paints a tender and perceptive portrait of the unconventional, though not entirely dysfunctional, Turner family. Rich with mystery, broken promises and in the end, some mending of hearts,Every Time We Say Goodbyeexplores what it means to leave, to be left, to be absent; what connects parents and children, brothers and sisters, husbands and wives - and what drives them apart.

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Good writing, good read. - Goodreads
Great first novel by Canadian writer Jamie Zeppa. - Goodreads
The writing was completely engrossing. - Goodreads
A triumph of characterization. - Goodreads

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Well written characterization of three generations and the stories that entwine them. Read full review

About the author (2011)

Jamie Zeppa is the author ofBeyond the Sky and the Earth: A Journey into Bhutan, which won the Banff Mountain Book Festival Award for Adventure Travel Writing. She won the CBC Canadian Literary Award for Memoir and her essays have appeared inAWOL: Tales for Travel-Inspired Minds,My Wedding Dress: True-life Tales of Lace, Laughter, Tears and Tulle andBetween Interruptions: 30 Women Tell the Truth about Motherhood. She has written articles and reviews forChatelaine,The Globe and Mail, theToronto Star, theLiterary Review of CanadaandAscent, as well as several UK newspapers. Jamie has a teenage son, and she teaches English at Seneca College in Toronto.

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