Restlessness: a novel

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Red Deer College Press, 1998 - Fiction - 193 pages
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Desperate to find a home, a restless, wandering woman determines that the only way she can appease her terrible homesickness is to occupy the still center of death. Unable to commit suicide, she hires a professional killer and contracts him to murder her, by her choice and on her terms. Restlessnesschronicles their meeting and its unexpected story and outcome. In an effort to dissuade the woman from death, her killer elicits from her stories about her travels. In this reversal of Sheherazade, who saves her life through a continuous story,Restlessnessbecomes a story about how to avoid story, a travel book about how to evade travel, a manual for how to stay put. Breathtaking in the tension of its incipient murder, this novel will not permit the reader to break the thread of watching and waiting that both death and travel conjure.

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User Review  - Samantha Adkins - Goodreads

This novel has a very interesting premise, which is the relationship between a woman and the man she has hired to kill her. I loved the setting and found the descriptions of Calgary both hilarious and ... Read full review

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User Review  - Beckie - Goodreads

i don't think i really liked this book, but it was very interesting. i'm always interested in books about what makes life worth living and what obligation people have to stay alive. Read full review

Contents

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Section 2
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Section 3
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About the author (1998)

Aritha van Herk was born in central Alberta, and studied at the University of Alberta. She first rose to international literary prominence with the publication of Judith, which received the Seal First Novel Award and which was published in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe. She is a member of the Royal Society of Canada, and a Professor who teaches Canadian Literature and Creative Writing in the Department of English at the University of Calgary.

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