Divisadero

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Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group, May 29, 2007 - Fiction - 288 pages
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From the celebrated author of The English Patient and Anil's Ghost comes a remarkable, intimate novel of intersecting lives that ranges across continents and time. In the 1970s in Northern California a father and his teenage daughters, Anna and Claire, work their farm with the help of Coop, an enigmatic young man who makes his home with them. Theirs is a makeshift family, until it is shattered by an incident of violence that sets fire to the rest of their lives. Divisadero takes us from San Francisco to the raucous backrooms of Nevada's casinos and eventually to the landscape of southern France. As the narrative moves back and forth through time and place, we find each of the characters trying to find some foothold in a present shadowed by the past.


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Clearly a poetic masterpiece. I think if this book would have been around for the Modern Library top Novels it would have definitely been included. Read full review

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I have been thinking about Juanita's WWII criticism, but it seems to me that history in general plays very much in the background in this novel, despite the fact that both the Gulf War, the bombing of ... Read full review

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Michael Ondaatje is the author of four previous novels, a memoir, a nonfiction book on film, and eleven books of poetry. His novel The English Patient won the Booker Prize. Born in Sri Lanka, he moved to Canada in 1962 and now lives in Toronto.


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