Close to the Fire by David HelwigClose to the Fire by David Helwig

Close to the Fire

byDavid Helwig

Paperback | February 15, 1999

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A snug country house, a snowy landscape in a place that could be Prince Edward Island, a small-town lawyer bumbling through an emotional crisis — Close to the Fire is a winter's tale that warms the heart while gently chilling the blood. Many years ago, the lawyer (then a student) persuaded the woman who is now his wife to desert Orland, her older husband, and run away with him. Now Orland arrives on their doorstep to die. The lawyer recalls the moral force her exerted to make Marijke change loyalties instead of simply enjoying a little adultery. Does sheltering a dying man atone for stealing his wife? The lawyer doesn't know and isn't sure he cares until a dramatic fire and Orland's death rearrange the domestic hearth.
David Helwig (b. 1938) grew up in Ontario and lives in Belfast, Prince Edward Island. He founded the Best Canadian Stories series, and he is the author of sixteen books of fiction and numerous works of non-fiction, including poetry, memoir, documentary and translation. His most recent fiction is Close to the Fire (Goose Lane, 1999), a...
Title:Close to the FireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:115 pages, 6.98 × 4.97 × 0.35 inPublished:February 15, 1999Publisher:GOOSE LANE EDITIONSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864922728

ISBN - 13:9780864922724

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"A plot rife with possibilities." — Toronto Star