Shelter: A Novel

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Simon and Schuster, May 15, 2012 - Fiction - 380 pages
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A gorgeous, poetic literary debut from award-winning author Frances Greenslade, Shelter is a brilliant coming-of-age story of two strong, brave sisters searching for their mother.

For sisters Maggie and Jenny growing up in the Pacific mountains in the early 1970s, life felt nearly perfect. Seasons in their tiny rustic home were peppered with wilderness hikes, building shelters from pine boughs and telling stories by the fire with their doting father and beautiful, adventurous mother. But at night, Maggie—a born worrier—would count the freckles on her father’s weathered arms, listening for the peal of her mother’s laughter in the kitchen, and never stop praying to keep them all safe from harm. Then her worst fears come true: Not long after Maggie’s tenth birthday, their father is killed in a logging accident, and a few months later, their mother abruptly drops the girls at a neighbor’s house, promising to return. She never does.

With deep compassion and sparkling prose, Frances Greenslade’s mesmerizing debut takes us inside the extraordinary strength of these two girls as they are propelled from the quiet, natural freedom in which they were raised to a world they can’t begin to fathom. Even as the sisters struggle to understand how their mother could abandon them, they keep alive the hope that she is fighting her way back to the daughters who adore her and who need her so desperately.

Heartwarming and lushly imagined, Shelter celebrates the love between two sisters and the complicated bonds of family. It is an exquisitely written ode to sisters, mothers, daughters, and to a woman’s responsibility to herself and those she loves.
 

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User Review  - jbarr5 - LibraryThing

Shelter by Frances Greenslade ISBN: 9781451661101 Starts out when Maggie was being told from her dad how to build a shelter. He used to work in Oregon but traveled north to BC to live off the land and ... Read full review

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User Review  - melissarochelle - LibraryThing

Read from Aug 14-16, 2012 It's interesting how what you choose to read works with or against what you just read. I read Among Others a couple of books ago -- also about sisters in the 70s. Of course ... Read full review

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Contents

Section 1
3
Section 2
15
Section 3
22
Section 4
36
Section 5
53
Section 6
59
Section 7
75
Section 8
82
Section 21
217
Section 22
236
Section 23
249
Section 24
256
Section 25
264
Section 26
268
Section 27
279
Section 28
289

Section 9
96
Section 10
103
Section 11
109
Section 12
120
Section 13
136
Section 14
145
Section 15
153
Section 16
161
Section 17
188
Section 18
199
Section 19
209
Section 20
212
Section 29
295
Section 30
307
Section 31
345
Section 32
358
Section 33
363
Section 34
373
Section 35
377
Section 36
383
Section 37
384
Section 38
387
Section 39
391
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About the author (2012)

Frances Greenslade is the author of two memoirs and is the winner of the Saskatchewan Book Award for Non-Fiction. She teaches English in Penticton, BC.

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