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Inside

by Alix Ohlin

House Of Anansi Press Inc | June 16, 2012 | Trade Paperback |

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Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and selected as an Oprah's Book Club Summer Reading Pick, an Amazon.ca Best Book, and an iTunes Store Best Book

When Grace, a highly competent and devoted therapist in Montreal, stumbles across a man in the snowy woods who has failed to hang himself, her instinct to help immediately kicks in. Before long, however, she realizes that her feelings for this charismatic, extremely guarded stranger are far from straightforward.

At the same time, her troubled teenage patient, Annie, runs away and soon will reinvent herself in New York as an aspiring and ruthless actress, as unencumbered as humanly possible by any personal attachments. And Mitch, Grace's ex-husband, a therapist as well, leaves the woman he's desperately in love with to attend to a struggling native community in the bleak Arctic. We follow these four compelling, complex characters from Montreal and New York to Hollywood and Rwanda, each of them with a consciousness that is utterly distinct and urgently convincing. With a razor-sharp emotional intelligence, Inside poignantly explores the manifold dangers and imperatives of making ourselves available to, and indeed responsible for, those dearest to us.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.39 in

Published: June 16, 2012

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770892060

ISBN - 13: 9781770892064

Can we ever truly help the people we love? What about strangers? And if we try, what will that help cost us? Alix Ohlin’s beautiful first novel, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller as well as the Rogers Writers’ Trust prizes, captures lives that are damaged and hopeful, as ordinary people struggle to help those around them. At the centre of Inside is Grace, a dedicated psychotherapist, who, on a snowy morning in Montreal stumbles across an attempted suicide on Mount Royale, and finds herself drawn into the life of the man she saves. Inside grows from here to tell the stories of Mitch, Grace’s ex-husband; Annie, her troubled young patient; and Tug, the man in the snow who is haunted by the horrors of the Rwandan genocide. Their stories are braided together and told over the course of a decade in prose that, even at its most grim, is filled with light and humanity. Ohlin is a bright new talent whose confidence and voice has put her in the ranks of Canada’s best veteran writers. There are no easy answers in Inside. Ohlin recognizes that we often make the most defining choices of our lives without knowing why, and then spend years searching for meaning. For Grace, Mitch, Annie, and Tug, finding that meaning is sometimes impossible, but the wonder of Inside comes from the attempt, and the grace that comes with the acceptance of life as it is.

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Inside

Inside

by Alix Ohlin

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 272 Pages, 5.91 × 9.06 × 0.39 in

Published: June 16, 2012

Publisher: House Of Anansi Press Inc

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1770892060

ISBN - 13: 9781770892064

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Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize, and selected as an Oprah's Book Club Summer Reading Pick, an Amazon.ca Best Book, and an iTunes Store Best Book

When Grace, a highly competent and devoted therapist in Montreal, stumbles across a man in the snowy woods who has failed to hang himself, her instinct to help immediately kicks in. Before long, however, she realizes that her feelings for this charismatic, extremely guarded stranger are far from straightforward.

At the same time, her troubled teenage patient, Annie, runs away and soon will reinvent herself in New York as an aspiring and ruthless actress, as unencumbered as humanly possible by any personal attachments. And Mitch, Grace's ex-husband, a therapist as well, leaves the woman he's desperately in love with to attend to a struggling native community in the bleak Arctic. We follow these four compelling, complex characters from Montreal and New York to Hollywood and Rwanda, each of them with a consciousness that is utterly distinct and urgently convincing. With a razor-sharp emotional intelligence, Inside poignantly explores the manifold dangers and imperatives of making ourselves available to, and indeed responsible for, those dearest to us.

About the Author

Alix Ohlin is the author of two novels, Inside and The Missing Person, and two story collections, Babylon and Other Stories and Signs and Wonders. Her work has appeared in Best American Short Stories, Best New American Voices, and on NPR's "Selected Shorts." Born and raised in Montreal, she now lives in Easton, Pennsylvania and teaches at Lafayette College.
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