Blood Secrets by Nadine McinnisBlood Secrets by Nadine Mcinnis

Blood Secrets

byNadine Mcinnis

Paperback | October 16, 2012

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Shortlisted for the Ottawa Book Award for Fiction"As a potential heir to the tradition of Margaret Atwood and Alice Munro, McInnis is off to a promising start." - Publishers WeeklyAn affair that begins in an apothecary's garden brings Joyce to a hospice, where she tends to the dying alongside her own grief. A middle-aged woman recalls the lovable, lavable secret of the first night spent on her husband's farm. A mother and daughter discuss suicide while hiking a shipwreck survivor's trail.In Nadine McInnis's sophomore collection, boozers repent, gamblers reform, cheaters suffer, the deaf speak volumes, and cancer patients string flowers in their hair. Probing and compassionate, executed with a steady hand, Blood Secrets is an excavation of endings and their revelations: the affair that ends a marriage, the disease that ends a life, the effect of a long-ago suicide. And as her characters struggle to administer to each other in their final moments, each story becomes an autopsy, dissecting bodies for their secrets and daily life for the things it hides.
Nadine McInnis was born in Belleville, Ontario in September, 1957, and grew up in Toronto and Ottawa. She attended Colonel By Secondary School, where she began a lifelong friendship with the novelist, playwright and actor Ann-Marie MacDonald. She studied English Literature at the University of Ottawa, and after spending two years on Th...
Title:Blood SecretsFormat:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.3 × 5.23 × 0.68 inPublished:October 16, 2012Publisher:BiblioasisLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1926845935

ISBN - 13:9781926845937


Editorial Reviews

"Blood Secrets ... is dealing with some powerful subjects," writes the Citizen: "she was with both her parents when they died, and the last two stories in the book are very much about that experience. She has also volunteered in a hospice." - Ottawa Citizen"[With] lean and lyrical language...and arresting images Blood Secrets is a deceptively gentle book, a desperately tender succession of tales that bruise the heart with their sadness, while at the same time offering the salve of kindness". Literary Review of Canada