By Elizabeth Hay

In a small prairie university in 1929, Connie Flood is helping a backward pupil, Michael Graves, how you can learn. staring at them and darkening their lives is the critical, Parley Burns, whose unusual behaviour culminates in an assault so aggravating its repercussions proceed to the current day.

Connie’s niece, Anne, tells the tale. Impelled via interest approximately her dynamic, adventurous aunt and her extra traditional mom, she revisits Connie’s earlier and her mother’s damaged formative years. within the strategy, she unravels the enigma of Parley Burns and the mysterious (and unrelated) deaths of 2 younger ladies. because the novel strikes deeper into their lives, the triangle of crucial, instructor, scholar opens out into different emotional triangles – aunt, niece, lover; mom, daughter, granddaughter – till a unexpected, capsizing love thrusts Anne herself right into a newly self reliant existence.

This spellbinding story – set in Saskatchewan and the Ottawa Valley – crosses generations and cuts to the bone. It probes the roots of obsessive love and hate, how the hurts and wishes of early life persist and are handed on as though within the blood. It lays naked the urgency of researching what we have been by no means informed in regards to the earlier. And it celebrates the method of changing into who we're in an international jam-packed with startling connections that lie simply out of sight.

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