A Large Harmonium

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Coteau Books, Aug 1, 2011 - Fiction - 230 pages
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Janey knows she should be trying to put her academic career on the map, but how? She'll more readily poke fun at than engage in yet another overly dry and theoretical conference. And her husband and their friends simply encourage her off the serious academic path, providing anarchic ideas from Foucault-in-snowsuits to erotic poetry addressed to the harmonium collecting dust in the music department. A Large Harmonium is a sharply comical year-in-the-gloriously-unruly- life story. We follow Janey as she negotiates motherhood (“Little Max is a Roald Dahl story, I decide”); career (“the whole enterprise starts to resemble a lion-taming act without the lions”); frightful in-laws (“At breakfast, the two of them are serene and fit-looking. I never can see how people look like that in the morning”); and which literary hero her husband Hector most resembles (“Rochester! Why should I be Rochester? He's a bastard. And he has to be blinded and lose an arm or something before he can be tamed.”) Along the way, she relies on Hector, boy-wonder babysitter Rene, and even crazy unreliable friend Jam. And on Jake, the understanding minister who helps her pick her way through it all.
 

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Contents

Chapter One
9
Chapter Two
69
Chapter Three
98
Chapter Four
120
Chapter Five
132
Chapter Six
166
Chapter Seven
194
Chapter Eight
215
Chapter Nine
240
Chapter Ten
266
Chapter Eleven
280
Chapter Twelve
293
Acknowledgements
323
Author Biography
325
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About the author (2011)

Sue Sorensen has published numerous stories, poems and scholarly articles in magazines and journals, and edited a collection of essays on western Canadian literature, titled West of Eden. Her interests extend from 19th and 20th century British literature – her core area of specialization – to film adaptations of literature and the examination of popular song lyrics as poetry. A member of the Henry James Society and the George Eliot Fellowship, she also has research interests in Guy Vanderhaeghe and children’s literature. A Large Harmonium is her first book publication.

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