The Juliet Stories by Carrie SnyderThe Juliet Stories by Carrie Snyder

The Juliet Stories

byCarrie Snyder

Paperback | March 3, 2012

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Shortlisted for the Governor General's Literary Award: Fiction and selected as a Globe and Mail Top 100 Book

Juliet Friesen is ten years old when her family moves to Nicaragua. It is 1984, the height of Nicaragua's post-revolutionary war, and the peace-activist Friesens have come to protest American involvement. In the midst of this tumult, Juliet's family lives outside of the boundaries of ordinary life. They've escaped, and the ordinary rules don't apply. Threat is pervasive, danger is real, but the extremity of the situation also produces a kind of euphoria, protecting Juliet's family from its own cracks and conflicts.

When Juliet's younger brother becomes sick with cancer, their adventure ends abruptly. The Friesens return to Canada only to find that their lives beyond Nicaragua have become the war zone. One by one, they drift from each other, and Juliet grows to adulthood, pulled between her desire to live a free life like the one she remembers in Nicaragua, and her desire to build for her own children a life more settled than her parents could provide.

With laser-sharp prose and breathtaking insight, these stories herald Carrie Snyder as one of Canada's most prodigiously talented writers.

Carrie Snyder is the author of two books of short fiction. Her first, Hair Hat, was shortlisted for the Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction, and her second, The Juliet Stories was a finalist for the 2012 Governor General's Literary Award. She lives in Waterloo, Ontario.
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Title:The Juliet StoriesFormat:PaperbackDimensions:304 pages, 8 × 5.25 × 0.88 inPublished:March 3, 2012Publisher:House Of Anansi Press IncLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1770890025

ISBN - 13:9781770890022

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Memorable characters and images It has been months since I finished reading The Juliet Stories and I still often find myself thinking of the characters and images. This collection of linked stories reads like a novel and follows Juliet from childhood, when her family moves from the US to Nicaragua, to her adulthood in Canada. Carrie Snyder paints vivid pictures of the community of peace activists who surround Juliet in Nicaragua, the beach town she visits with her mother, the loss and grief the family faces, and the effects of Juliet's childhood experiences on the adult she becomes. Carrie Snyder's writing is clear and graceful. I look forward to reading more of her work in the future. Buy this book!
Date published: 2012-08-05

Editorial Reviews

"... here is as good a capsule explanation for what happened in Nicaragua as you'll get from any more conventional historical source ... mature and powerful ... Snyder maintains an engaging blog called Obscure CanLit Mama, but if there's any justice she'll soon have the option of dropping that first word." - Ian McGillis, Montreal Gazette"... well-crafted and imaginative ... Snyder's tone and style is vivid and compelling ..." - Zoe Whittall, Globe and Mail"... a moving story, beautifully told." - Emily M. Keeler, Quill and Quire"Fans of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast will love this one." - Chatelaine"... excellent ... Snyder has an uncanny ability to make the unfamiliar intensely knowable ... [The Juliet Stories is] pitted with a surplus of lovely land mines of revelation, aha moments exploding into wonderful, sometimes profoundly sad, insights." - Kate Wallace, Telegraph Journal"... subtle and deft ..." - Robert Sternberg, National Post"Snyder is phenomenal here, crafting some of the most striking images and beautiful sentences that you will likely read all year. The Juliet Stories is not to be missed." - Lindsay Rainingbird, Coast"... sparkle[s] with nuance and thoughtfulness ... engaging ... terrific ..." - Candace Fertile, Edmonton Journal"... a stream of sensual imagery that grows more sophisticated with each page ... The Juliet Stories highlights the lessons we learn in youth and with age, and the conflict between the freedom we value and the security we desperately need." - Stacey May Fowles, Walrus Magazine"Similar to [Virginia] Woolf in style, Snyder's stream-of-consciousness prose gives the reader a view of Nicaragua from the inside ... you may find yourself pleasantly challenged (and enchanted) by Snyder's impressionistic language and plot fragmented by time and geography." - Jessica Michalofsky, Winnipeg Review"Carry Snyder is a writer that we're bound to hear more of in the future. Her razor-sharp prose is insightful and rich throughout." - Rover Arts