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At the heart of Sointula is Evelyn, the mayor's wife in a mid-size southern Ontario city. Unexpectedly summoned to British Columbia to attend the deathbed of her long-ago first lover, Claude, Evelyn succumbs to a cascade of grief--over Claude, and over her estranged son with Claude, Tom. Impulsively, she throws away the trappings of her privileged life: her anti-depressant pills and her airplane ticked home, her wallet and most of the clothes off her back. Disoriented, hungry, stricken, impoverished, Evelyn steals a kayak and embarks on a quest that takes her deep into the West Coast wilderness. The goal: to find Tom--her strange, damaged son--in the remote fishing village of Sointula. Equal parts light and dark, compassion and irony, this is Gaston's most mature work: the story of a modern-day, female Don Quixote writer Peter Gore--and awkward, profane, funny and unforgettable Sancho Panza.
Publisher: Vancouver, B.C. : Raincoast Books, [2004].
Copyright Date: ©2004.
ISBN: 9781551927190
Branch Call Number: GAS
Characteristics: 452 pages ;,23 cm.


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Jan 03, 2015

Incredible detail. If you've ever been loved or haunted by the Pacific West Coast this book has one of the most remarkable senses of place of any novel I have read.

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