The Glass Harmonica: A Novel

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The Glass Harmonica: A Novel

by Russell Wangersky

Dundurn | April 3, 2010 | Hardcover |

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Winner of the 2010 BMO Winterset Award

When retiree Keith O''Reilly witnesses the murder of his neighbour by a pizza delivery man one night during a snowstorm, a unique series of stories begins to unfold. As the narrative seamlessly moves from neighbour to neighbour, house to house, the reader begins to understand, not only the circumstances that led to the murder, but the private secrets and personal struggles of many of the McKay Street residents.

Travelling through the changing viewpoints of a more than a dozen of people in a small residential neighbourhood in St. John''s, Newfoundland, The Glass Harmonica looks at the way common memories and shared experiences bend and warp as individuals recall the events of their lives, and how these distortions influence both the character''s and the reader''s understanding of the truth.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: April 3, 2010

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 088762524X

ISBN - 13: 9780887625244

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The Glass Harmonica: A Novel

The Glass Harmonica: A Novel

by Russell Wangersky

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 336 Pages, 6.3 × 9.06 × 0.79 in

Published: April 3, 2010

Publisher: Dundurn

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 088762524X

ISBN - 13: 9780887625244

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Winner of the 2010 BMO Winterset Award

When retiree Keith O''Reilly witnesses the murder of his neighbour by a pizza delivery man one night during a snowstorm, a unique series of stories begins to unfold. As the narrative seamlessly moves from neighbour to neighbour, house to house, the reader begins to understand, not only the circumstances that led to the murder, but the private secrets and personal struggles of many of the McKay Street residents.

Travelling through the changing viewpoints of a more than a dozen of people in a small residential neighbourhood in St. John''s, Newfoundland, The Glass Harmonica looks at the way common memories and shared experiences bend and warp as individuals recall the events of their lives, and how these distortions influence both the character''s and the reader''s understanding of the truth.

About the Author

Russell Wangersky''s most recent book, The Glass Harmonica, won the 2010 BMO Winterset Award and was longlisted for the Relit Awards. His previous book, Burning Down the House: Fighting Fires and Losing Myself won Canada''s largest non-fiction prize, the British Columbia National Award for Canadian Non-Fiction, the Rogers Communications Newfoundland and Labrador Non-Fiction Book Award and the Edna Staebler Award for Creative Non-Fiction. It was also a finalist for the Writer''s Trust Non-Fiction Prize and was a Globe and Mail Top 100 selection in 2008. His 2006 short story collection The Hour of Bad Decisions was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writer''s Prize, first book, Canada and the Caribbean. It was a Globe and Mail Top 100 selection in 2006.Wangersky lives and works in St. John''s, where he is an editor and columnist with the St. John''s Telegram.

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What is impressive ... is Wangersky''s decision not to sentimentalize these people or the way they live. McKay Street is frankly depicted as a hostile, dangerous place characterized by lousy weather, economic hardship, and random violence.
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