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A GOOD HOUSE

by BONNIE BURNARD

Henry Holt Books for Young Readers | September 12, 2000 | Hardcover

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A Good House begins in 1949 in Stonebrook, Ontario, home to the Chambers family. The postwar boom & hope for the future colors every facet of life: possibilities seem limitless for Bill, his wife, Sylvia, & their three children. In the fifty years that follow, the possibilities narrow into lives, etched by character, fate, & circumstance. Sylvia's untimely death marks her family indelibly but in ways only time will reveal. Paul's perfect marriage yields an imperfect child. Daphne unabashedly follows an unconventional path, while Patrick discovers that his happiness requires a series of compromises. Bill confronts the onset of old age less gracefully than anticipated, & throughout, his second wife, Margaret, remains, surprisingly, the family anchor. With her remarkable ability to probe the hidden, often disturbing landscapes of love & to illuminate the complexities of human experience, Bonnie Burnard brings to her deceptively simple narrative a clarity that is both moving & profound.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 0.47 × 2.57 × 3.77 in

Published: September 12, 2000

Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805064958

ISBN - 13: 9780805064957

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A GOOD HOUSE

by BONNIE BURNARD

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 320 pages, 0.47 × 2.57 × 3.77 in

Published: September 12, 2000

Publisher: Henry Holt Books for Young Readers

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0805064958

ISBN - 13: 9780805064957

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A Good House begins in 1949 in Stonebrook, Ontario, home to the Chambers family. The postwar boom & hope for the future colors every facet of life: possibilities seem limitless for Bill, his wife, Sylvia, & their three children. In the fifty years that follow, the possibilities narrow into lives, etched by character, fate, & circumstance. Sylvia's untimely death marks her family indelibly but in ways only time will reveal. Paul's perfect marriage yields an imperfect child. Daphne unabashedly follows an unconventional path, while Patrick discovers that his happiness requires a series of compromises. Bill confronts the onset of old age less gracefully than anticipated, & throughout, his second wife, Margaret, remains, surprisingly, the family anchor. With her remarkable ability to probe the hidden, often disturbing landscapes of love & to illuminate the complexities of human experience, Bonnie Burnard brings to her deceptively simple narrative a clarity that is both moving & profound.

About the Author

Bonnie Burnard's "A Good House" won the 1999 Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award; previous winners include Margaret Atwood, Alice Munro, & Rohinton Mistry. A resident of London, Ontario, Burnard is also the author of two award-winning story collections. "A Good House" is her first book to be published in the United States.
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