Duet by David HelwigDuet by David Helwig

Duet

byDavid Helwig

Paperback | August 30, 2004

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Duet, a vivid and comic account of a stubbornly unromantic romance, is the story of Carman, a retired Toronto policeman, who takes to wandering in the wake of his wife's death. On a whim, he rents a cottage north of Kingston from Norma, the cantankerous proprietor of a rural junk-shop. Sex and death haunt the undergrowth as Carman and Norma grumble and feud, and against the grain of their bad temper begin to create a precarious friendship. Duet is a beautiful novella, but one without prettiness; David Helwig demonstrates a subtle sense of humanity through his creation of two of the prickliest customers in Canadian fiction.

Born in Toronto in 1938, David Helwig attended the University of Toronto and the University of Liverpool. His first stories were published in Canadian Forum and The Montrealer while he was still an undergraduate. He then went on to teach at Queen's University. He worked in summer stock with the Straw Hat Players, mostly as a business m...
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Title:DuetFormat:PaperbackDimensions:128 pages, 8.75 × 5.6 × 0.4 inPublished:August 30, 2004Publisher:Porcupine's QuillLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0889842477

ISBN - 13:9780889842472

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`Norma was grooming her wolf when the tenant arrived. She had bought a cheap hairbrush from the grocery store and she was brushing the hair of her new stuffed wolf, getting a lot of dust and dirt out of him. The creature was starting to look quite handsome, glass eyes wiped with spit and kleenex and now very bright. She looked toward her tenant, the putative murderer, who was coming toward her. ...'

Editorial Reviews

`The structure of the book feels familiar -- two damaged old cranks slowly gain mutual respect and forge a shaky bond -- but Helwig makes it work by allowing the relationship to play out at a deliberately slow pace, drawing out the characters on their own terms and rarely forcing conflict upon them. Many of the story's most dramatic moments occur off the page, undercutting the potential melodrama.'