In The Language Of Love

Paperback | March 13, 2000

byDiane Schoemperlen

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Nominated for a SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, selected by Toronto Star critic Philip Marchand as one of the year’s ten best novels, and the recipient of excellent reviews, In the Language of Love is Diane Schoemperlen’s innovative and imaginative first novel. Schoemperlen, who won the 1999 Governor General’s Award for Fiction for her short story collection Forms of Devotion, is a gifted writer, unafraid to play with literary convention. In the Language of Love is a perfect example, a novel in 100 chapters that uses the 100 stimulus words from the Standard Word Association as a framework. It is the story of Joanna, who has been brought up to believe that if she just does the right thing, happiness will be hers. As she discovers, life and love are determined more by chance than by control.

In the Language of Love is a tour de force of deadpan wit and word play, drawing profound insights from the seemingly ordinary details of one woman’s daily life.

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Nominated for a SmithBooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award, selected by Toronto Star critic Philip Marchand as one of the year’s ten best novels, and the recipient of excellent reviews, In the Language of Love is Diane Schoemperlen’s innovative and imaginative first novel. Schoemperlen, who won the 1999 Governor General’s Award for F...

Diane Schoemperlen is the author of Our Lady of the Lost and Found, her most recent novel, and In the Language of Love, which was nominated for the Smithbooks/Books in Canada First Novel Award and chosen by Toronto Star critic Philip Marchand as one of the yearÆs ten best novels. She is also the author of several short story collection...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:350 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 1 inPublished:March 13, 2000

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0006485448

ISBN - 13:9780006485445

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from An interesting way to tell a tale... I quite liked this. The language was pretty and the short-prose format was intriguing, and perfect for digesting on my bus rides to and from work. Each piece of the story has a heading, and is fractured from the whole. The inconsistent time-frame of the story was actually something I enjoyed - almost a mystery, with bits and pieces being revealed later that had impact earlier. It was interesting. The only minor qualm I had with the book was the ending - which left me a little confused. The characterizations were good (and the little touches were quite nice - such as every reference to Toronto being followed by (that Evil City).), and the characters were mostly the sort one empathized with.
Date published: 2008-06-10