Edge Seasons: A Memoir

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Alfred A. Knopf, 2005 - Authors, Canadian - 232 pages
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From the bestselling, critically acclaimed author of The Hatbox Letters and Shadow Child comes the story of a year of transformation.
In the middle years of her life, Beth Powning stands on a threshold: an "edge season." Late one August, when Beth and her partner, Peter, observe the deserted sauna bath on their farm near Sussex, New Brunswick, she remembers the faith and energy that went into building it. As they begin to repair the sauna, the project becomes a metaphor for how dreams, relationships and commitments need to be continuously renewed. While their only child, Jake, prepares to leave for university, Beth and Peter contemplate changes of their own.
As fall and winter gradually shut down the vibrant life of the gardens, fields and forests near her home, Beth witnesses the beauty and regenerative force of the natural world, weaving acutely observed descriptions of the countryside with the story of her own intimate transformation. Edge Seasons is an intensely absorbing journey that illuminates how change can shatter even as it strengthens.

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I like Beth Powning's work a lot. I suppose that's partly because we're of similar age, class and culture, but more than that, I think she has a similar outlook to me on how to best live life . . . or ... Read full review

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