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Maxine

by Claire Wilkshire

Breakwater Books Ltd. | March 20, 2013 | Trade Paperback

Maxine is rated 5 out of 5 by 1.
Imagine a new life. Maxine Carter suddenly finds herself searching for a fresh start-a way around her own gnawing fear of an untimely death and a wasted life. What she discovers is her neighbour''s nine-year-old son, Kyle. As Maxine becomes the boy''s constant companion and as Kyle deals with his parents'' increasing absence and with life as an outsider in a new city, he slowly manages to reinvent Maxine''s real and imaginative life. Smart, funny, and poignant, Claire Wilkshire''s impressive debut is a novel about overcoming personal fears in a world wracked by private loss and public anxiety, and about finding friendship in the most unlikely places.

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.48 × 5.5 × 0.55 in

Published: March 20, 2013

Publisher: Breakwater Books Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550814028

ISBN - 13: 9781550814026

Found in: Fiction and Literature

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious & deeply affecting A terrific book. Scenes come back to mind long after closing the covers. A poignant, affecting and gut-bustingly funny story written in prose that is sparse, elegant and crackling with wit. The two main characters are Maxine, young(ish) woman facing a point of crisis in her life, and Kyle, the child of a pushy neighbour, who's lonely in a new city, struggling with parents that are both over- and under-protective. Maxine's awkward neuroses meet Kyle's awkward pre-pubescent innocence and both of their lives are upended. The characters are finely wrought and painfully real, and when bad things happen -- or when when they simply yearn for something more from their lives -- the reader feels their longing and pain. A very funny book, with a deep, substantial core. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-07-05

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Maxine

by Claire Wilkshire

Format: Trade Paperback

Dimensions: 320 pages, 8.48 × 5.5 × 0.55 in

Published: March 20, 2013

Publisher: Breakwater Books Ltd.

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 1550814028

ISBN - 13: 9781550814026

From the Publisher

Imagine a new life. Maxine Carter suddenly finds herself searching for a fresh start-a way around her own gnawing fear of an untimely death and a wasted life. What she discovers is her neighbour''s nine-year-old son, Kyle. As Maxine becomes the boy''s constant companion and as Kyle deals with his parents'' increasing absence and with life as an outsider in a new city, he slowly manages to reinvent Maxine''s real and imaginative life. Smart, funny, and poignant, Claire Wilkshire''s impressive debut is a novel about overcoming personal fears in a world wracked by private loss and public anxiety, and about finding friendship in the most unlikely places.

About the Author

Claire Wilkshire is a freelance writer and editor. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary magazines. She lives in St. John''s with writer Larry Mathews and their children, Tim and Sally. Maxine is her first novel.

Editorial Reviews

Book lovers will enjoy Maxine, an original and witty story about how a novel is lived as it is being written. Claire Wilkshire`s writing is unpretentious, ironic, clever and a pleasure to read.
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