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McClelland and Stewart, 1989 - Fiction - 261 pages
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Sylvia Fraser’s brash and audacious first novel, Pandora, sweeps the reader back to the poignant, too-forgotten world of early childhood so rarely recorded in modern fiction. In the character of seven-year-old Pandora Gothic, Fraser has created a fierce and resilient heroine who mirrors the pleasure and agonies of children everywhere.

As an affectionate and accurate portrait of the hopes, fears, dreams, and tribulations that prefigure adulthood, Pandora is a novel of astonishing literary achievement and sheer unceasing delight.

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User Review  - gypsysmom - LibraryThing

This book is No. 123 in the New Canadian Library. It was written in 1972 but it is set during World War II. The book’s title refers to the main character, Pandora Gothic (which I think is a great name ... Read full review

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User Review  - KaterinaBead - LibraryThing

Remember this one well from the long ago. Always felt there was more to this story than I was able to put my finger on. Something horrible that bothered me a lot. I also remember that the ending was ... Read full review



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Sylvia Fraser was born in Hamilton, Ontario, in 1935. Upon graduation from the University of Western Ontario in 1957, she embarked on a career in journalism, winning two Women’s Press Club Awards and, in 1969, the University of Western Ontario President’s Medal for journalism.

With the publication of Pandora in 1972, Fraser began her career as a fiction writer. Her novels, some set in contemporary times, others set in historical eras, study the remarkable ability of human beings to inflict harm on one another and their equally remarkable but rarer ability to heal and even to save one another.

In My Father’s House: A Memoir of Incest and of Healing, Fraser explores and explains the pain of her own childhood.

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