Damselfish

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Dundurn, Jan 1, 2003 - Fiction - 182 pages
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Susan Ouriou’s first novel explores a season in the life of three women, two sisters - on an artist, the other a codemaker - and their mother. The women have made their separate ways from Montreal to Mexico, the land of their father and husband gone missing ten years ago. Their reunion is a grudging one and their love often aching, uncertain, and flawed.

The women’s family resembles that of the damselfish, a family of dear enemies where each member jealously guards its own patch of coral reef yet unites with the others to stave off incursions from the outside. A valiant, yet too often futile effort, since, like the damselfish, these women are without defences or camouflage.

 

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Contents

I
1
II
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Ill
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IV
25
V
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VI
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VII
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VIII
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XIV
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XV
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XVI
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XVII
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XVIII
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XIX
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XX
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XXI
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IX
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X
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XI
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XII
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XIII
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XXII
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XXIII
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Acknowledgements
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About the author (2003)

Susan Ouriou is a translator, fiction writer, and interpreter. Her French-English translation The Road to Chlifa was shortlisted for the Governor General's Award and was awarded an IBBY certificate of honour. She has sat on juries for the Governor General's Award for Translation and the Writers Guild of Alberta fiction award.

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