Format: Trade Paperback
Dimensions: 283 Pages, 5.12 × 7.87 × 0.39 in
Published: July 13, 2000
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 000648526X
ISBN - 13: 9780006485261
From the Publisher
A Good House is an extraordinary success story, with ten
printings in the first six months of publication. This remarkable
portrait that details the fabric of ordinary family life over three
generations has captured the hearts of readers and critics-not to
mention award committees-all across the country.
Bill Chambers has come home from the Second World War with several
fingers missing, but with his hope intact. He wants the best for
his wife, Sylvia, and his children, Patrick, Paul and Daphne, and
with his steady job at the hardware store in his small hometown,
the future opens broadly before him.
A powerful tale of rites and rituals, A Good House is full
of masterful details and memorable snapshots of the complex web
that is family.Burnard's keen powers of observation and her
sensitivity to emotional nuance have created people we can all
recognize and a story that is as moving as it is profound.
About the Author
Bonnie Burnard is a past winner of the Commonwealth Writers'
Prize, Best First Book Award for her first collection of short
stories, Women of Influence. Her second collection,
Casino & Other Stories, was nominated for a Giller
Prize and was awarded the Saskatchewan Best Book of the Year Award.
She was also the recipient of the 1995 Marian Engel Award, given to
honor a woman writer in mid-career. Born in southern Ontario, she
lived for many years in Regina and now lives in London,
Bonnie Burnard's Casino & Other Stories was
shortlisted for the inaugural Giller Prize and won the Saskatchewan
Best Book Award. Her first story collection, Women of
Influence, won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for Best First
Book. Her first novel, A Good House, won The Giller Prize
and the CBA People's Choice Award and was published around the
world in many languages. A recipient of the Marian Engle Award,
Burnard lives in London, Ontario.
From Our Editors
Covering a 50-year span, this novel follows a southern Ontario
family through the last half of the 20th century. Bonnie
Burnard's story begins just after the Second World War
with Bill, a hardware store manager, his wife Sylvia and their
three young children, Patrick, Paul and Daphne. Although these
characters cannot anticipate the challenges that will shape their
lives, they learn to approach difficulties with grace and tenacity.
Births and deaths, weddings and funerals, secrets and revelations
are woven into the powerful narrative of A Good
"an incandescent first novel" - The New Yorker “ A Good House is a deep read. You keep finding more and more satisfaction in the unshowy craft, the unique vision of this writer who can tell you hard truths, hopefully.” - Alice Munro, author of The Love of a Good Woman “… the finest novel published in some years in our country. Its grace, its generosity, its humanity are present on each of its pages.…a daring feat, and one that will move the reader to recognition and, at times, to tears. Our literature needs this kind of real wealth, our own lives given back to us in the form of enduring language.” - Carol Shields, The Ottawa Citizen “Beautifully written. The ordinary moments of life become luminous, lovely, under this compassionate eye.” - Elizabeth Strout, author of Amy and Isabelle “One of those quietly resonant novels that memorably portray a family and a place as time presses on.” - Kirkus Reviews “A deeply moving story of the truths of family life.” - Publishers Weekly “In A Good House , Bonnie Burnard imbues the apparently ordinary lives of her characters with a dignity that renders them unforgettable. She has a sense of the moment that gives value and meaning to a life.” - Nino Ricci, Alberto Manguel and Judy Mappin, 1999 Giller Prize jury panel “…as compelling to the outsider…as one’s own family history would be…Burnard manages, with what seems almost magical skill, to bring 11 major characters, as well as the characters of their homes and their shared and disparate w