Practical Jean

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McClelland & Stewart, Sep 6, 2011 - Aging - 304 pages
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This eagerly awaited new novel from Trevor Cole combines the humour and sharp observations of contemporary life that he is known for with an irresistibly twisted premise, for fans of the quirkily macabre "Six Feet Under" and "Dexter," and readers of Paul Quarrington, Miriam Toews, Jonathan Franzen, and, of course, Trevor Cole.
In his first two, GG-shortlisted novels, Trevor Cole proved himself a master of drawing us into the shadowy side of human nature with sharp observation and warm wit. In Practical Jean, he goes a step further: this is a darkly humourous and revelatory tale of an ordinary, small-town woman with the usual challenges of middle age -- a do-nothing husband, a family that refuses to understand her -- who realizes her fondest wish is to protect her dearest friends from the indignities of aging and illness. And that's when she decides to kill them . . .

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For fans of black comedy, this novel is just about perfect. Of course, black comedy doesn't appeal to everyone; certainly, it did not appeal to me when I was younger. Now, however, I find that I quite ... Read full review

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Jean Horemarsh has just returned to living with her husband after three months spent caring for her mother as she died of cancer. After watching her mother die, Jean is convinced no one should have to ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
iii
Section 2
7
Section 3
15
Section 4
28
Section 5
39
Section 6
47
Section 7
67
Section 8
80
Section 14
172
Section 15
175
Section 16
189
Section 17
192
Section 18
222
Section 19
225
Section 20
239
Section 21
257

Section 9
86
Section 10
112
Section 11
117
Section 12
135
Section 13
161
Section 22
264
Section 23
291
Section 24
295
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About the author (2011)

TREVOR COLE is the author of two acclaimed previous novels, Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life and The Fearsome Particles, both of which were shortlisted for the Governor General's Award for Fiction and long-listed for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Practical Jean won the Stephen Leacock Award, was a finalist for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and a "Globe and Mail" Best Book. In 2013, Trevor received the Victor Martyn Lynch-Staunton Award for his contributions to Canadian arts. Trevor is also an award-winning magazine journalist.

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