Clara Callan

Paperback | December 31, 2003

byRichard Bruce Wright

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In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York. It's a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape from reality through radio and the movies. Meanwhile, the two sisters -- vastly different in personality, yet inextricably linked by a shared past -- try to find their places within the complex web of social expectations for young women in the 1930s.

While Nora embarks on a glamorous career as a radio-soap opera star, Clara, a strong and independent-minded woman, struggles to observe the traditional boundaries of a small and tight-knit community without relinquishing her dreams of love, freedom, and adventure. However, things aren't as simple as they appear -- Nora's letters eventually reveal life in the big city is less exotic than it seems, and the tranquil solitude of Clara's life is shattered by a series of unforeseeable events. These twists of fate require all of Clara's courage and strength, and finally put the seemingly unbreakable bond between the sisters to the test.

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In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York. It's a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape from reality through radio and the movies. Meanwhile, the two sisters -- vastly different in personality, yet inextricably linked...

Canadian writer, Richard B. Wright is the author of several novels. His titles include The Age of Longing, In the Middle of Life and Clara Callan. Clara Callan won both the Governor General's Literary Award for fiction and the Giller Award in 2001. He resides in St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:415 pages, 8.13 × 5.35 × 1.04 inPublished:December 31, 2003Publisher:Harper PerennialLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060506075

ISBN - 13:9780060506070

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“As compelling as any Margaret Atwood or as incisive as a Robertson Davies.... [An] invigoratingly original work.”