Lemon (Google eBook)

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Coach House Books, Oct 14, 2005 - Fiction - 260 pages
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Lemon has three mothers: a biological one she's never met, her adopted father's suicidal ex, and Drew, a school principal who hasn't left the house since she was stabbed by a student. She has one deadbeat dad, one young cancer-riddled protégé, and two friends, the school tramp and a depressed poetFiguring the numbers are against her, Lemon just can't be bothered trying to fit in. She spurns fashion, television, and even the mall. She reads Mary Wollstonecraft and gets pissed off that Jane Eyre is such a wimp. Meanwhile, the adults in her life are all mired in self-centredness, and the other kids are getting high, beating each other up in parks, and trying to outsex one another. High school is misery, a trial run for an unhappy adulthood of bloated waistlines, bad sex, contradictions, and inequities, and nothing guidance counsellor Blecher can say will convince Lemon otherwise.But making the choice to opt out of sex and violence and cancer and disappointment doesn't mean that these things don't find you. It will be up to Lemon if she can survive them with her usual cavalier aplomb.'Bitingly funny ... In introducing readers to the indomitable Lemon, Strube has taken us on a remarkable trip — part literary kaleidoscope, part emotional roller coaster -- into the life and mind of a young girl searching for a love she can't quite bring herself to believe in.' – The National Post'[Cordelia Strube is] Canada's best bet to succeed Alice Munro.' – The Toronto Star'The sleeper Can-Lit hit.' – Chatelaine

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User Review  - Phoebe - Goodreads

I feel like I want to say something about Holden Caulfied but later on I realised that wasn't it. Yes there are similarities but only because they both play the same role--alienated, displaced ... Read full review

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User Review  - Lolly LKH - Goodreads

I would have given a full 5 stars if not for the end of the novel, which wasn't bad I just wanted a little more from it. I understand people felt she was too mature and read more like an adult than a ... Read full review

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About the author (2005)

Born and raised in Montreal, Cordelia Strube trained as an actress, moving to Toronto in the '80s. She turned to writing plays for stage and radio, and in 1987 won the CBC Literary Competition for her play Mortal. She has also won the Toronto Arts Foundation Protege Award and been shortlisted for the Prix Italia, the Books In Canada First Novel Award, the ReLit, and the Governor General's Award. Her seven novels include Milton's Elements, Dr. Kalbfleisch and the Chicken Restaurant and Planet Reese.

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