Algoma by Dani CoutureAlgoma by Dani Couture


byDani Couture

Paperback | October 15, 2011

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A year after watching Leo go through thin ice, twelve-year-old Ferd is obsessed with the idea that he can persuade hisdead brother to come home through a campaign of letters.Plaintive notes appear around the house--folded squaresof paper in the rain reservoir, kitchen sink, and washingmachine. Ferd's mother, Algoma, is also unravelling;attempting to hide her son's letters, reconnect with herincreasingly distant husband, and rebuild her life.
Dani Couture is the author of two collections of poetry:Good Meat (Pedlar Press) and Sweet (Pedlar Press).Sweet won the ReLit Award and was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry. Couture also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers' Trust's Dayne Ogilvie Grant in 2011. She resides in Toronto.
Title:AlgomaFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.68 inPublished:October 15, 2011Publisher:Invisible PublishingLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926743148

ISBN - 13:9781926743141


Rated 4 out of 5 by from Grief.. written magically Let me first say that I've yet to experience the works of a Canadian author that falls short of amazing and pleasently consuming. A family living in a small town north of Quebec, thrown into the shadow of grief after the loss of their son and brother. The opening scene/first chapter alone might have been enough for me to rate this book at 4 stars-I was that consumed by emotion already. Dani Couture created a real gem with this book. I refrained from 5 stars only because I wanted more at the end, but as I unfortunately realize every time, no book can go on forever. The characters in this book were full and satisfyingly relatable, their surroundings descriptive, yet not overwhelmingly so. The lack of dates confused me slightly in terms of the random flashbacks, but that was no fault of the authors', the book flowed smoothly enough to support it. I've read countless books that attempt to capture the diverse emotions of grief and mourning, all of them becoming a united blur with their similarities and cliches. This author handed me something completely different with her story of tragedy and it's consequences, and for that, I cannot thank her enough. I will be patiently awaiting her next book.
Date published: 2012-09-07