September 27, 2013|
Clearwater by Kim Mccullough
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Claire Sullivan quickly settles in to her new home at Clearwater Lake in northern Manitoba, especially once she befriends Jeff Carson, a quiet mixed-race loner who lives with his parents in the other half of the Sullivans duplex.Together, the teens roam the wild, isolated beauty of the nearby lakeshore and forest, forging a deep friendship based on loyalty and trust. As peaceful as things seem on the surface, Claire and Jeff are both battling powerful undercurrents at home. Claire worries that her sis- ter, Leah, who has been sexually assaulted, is sinking into a drug- fuelled depression, while Jeff finds it difficult to stand firm in the face of his fathers increasingly brutal temper. When Leah commits suicide, the consequences are far-reaching and devastating. Claire retreats to Regina to redefine her idea of family, while Jeff leaves his own family behind, drifting from place to place, unable to settle down. Although they both keep moving forward through time, their livesseem to have stalled. Years later, after several near misses, a chance meeting first reopens old wounds, but ultimately allows Claire and Jeff to return to Clearwater Lake, and make another try at acceptance, and maybe happiness.
Kim McCullough has published reviews and commentary on a num- ber of literary websites. Clearwater is her first published book. She is currently working toward her MFA in creative writing at UBC. Originally from Regina, Kim now lives and teaches in Calgary. A teacher as well as a writer, she leads various writing workshops for students...
Product dimensions:256 pages, 8.3 X 6.17 X 0.61 in
Shipping dimensions:256 pages, 8.3 X 6.17 X 0.61 in
Published:September 27, 2013
Publisher:Coteau Books
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781550505658

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