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    Sad, nuanced, contemplative family portrait

    Elizabeth Hay writes with such precision about the subtle ways family members and friends hurt each other. Follows a sensitive and perceptive boy, his articulate Canadian mother, and withdrawn American father over several years as illness and acrimony slowly pull them apart. Though the backdrop of the Quebec referendum at times feels too on-the-nose, the characters' wounds and self-realizations felt raw and real. I really liked this novel.
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    Much ado about nothing.

    I found this book very dizappointing. I read a review in The Globe and Mail and one in The Star Both praised the book highly. I found the main character to be self-indulgent and not that interesting. The son's character was unrealistic. The interjection of the political landscape was forced and the metaphor was obvious and simplistic.I did not find the characters or the plot compelling.
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    Sad Read But Good Story

    Enjoyed reading this by the pool while snowbirding in Florida. Nan has a tough life of difficult relationships, but that is how life is sometimes. Living in Gananoque I could relate to the cottage settings. Also grew up through the referendum and experienced the debate on both sides of Ontario / Quebec borders. Very good read. Like Elizabeth Hay's writing style.
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    His Whole Life

    I did like the book and will definitely remember the characters. It was a sad story wth much pathos. I think Jim will be a man with a strong character, George a petty man, and Nan too patient and forgiving. Elizabeth's books aways stay wth me.
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    Canadians gem

    Loved the setting ,family feelings and her language.EH writes with disarming simplicity but the drama makes yo u want it not to be over
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