Leaning, Leaning Over Water: A Novel in Ten Stories

Paperback | December 30, 2002

byFrances Itani

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As noted by Quill & Quire, Frances Itani is an awardwinning writer. Most recently, she won the Tilden/Saturday Night/CBC LiteraryAward for two consecutive years; an impressive feat as the stories are submittedto the jurors for evaluation anonymously. Now, Itani expands her controlof the short story medium, with her new novel, LEANING, LEANING OVER WATER,a series of connected short stories.

Almost all the narration is by Trude, the middle child of the King family.She has been told that her position in the family makes her the family collectorand teller of stories. The stories she recounts crystallize crucial momentsduring the life of her family, the people around them, and the social climate ofpre-Quiet Revolution Quebec.

The stories begin after the father has moved his family to a rural area onthe Quebec side of the Ottawa River, where he has taken a job paintingfleur-de-lis on tin trays in a nearby factory. For the children this means theygrow up in delightful wilderness surrounded by people and customs which arecompletely new, but leaves their English speaking, non-swimming mother inisolation. The family is cut off from much of the world, but there is much ofthe world around them. They learn of their individuality through the culturaldifferences they find between themselves and their nearest neighbours, the RomanCatholic family down the way. They learn about sex and despair first handthrough the few adults around them. And they are constantly exposed to life anddeath, and miracles through their constant contact with the river itself.

The Ottawa River ( the "water" referred to in the title) bordersthe King family abode and wends its way through every story in the novel --always rushing past, bringing with it joys and sorrows, its power never to beunderestimated, nor taken lightly -- underscoring the frailty of life lived onits banks.

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The life of a young girl growing up in a small Canadian town in the 1950's, told in 10 beautifully crafted, interconnected stories, marks Ottawa writer Frances Itani's fourth publication and her first novel. The award-winning author of three short story collections offers original and compelling fiction. Leaning, Leaning Over Water evo...

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As noted by Quill & Quire, Frances Itani is an awardwinning writer. Most recently, she won the Tilden/Saturday Night/CBC LiteraryAward for two consecutive years; an impressive feat as the stories are submittedto the jurors for evaluation anonymously. Now, Itani expands her controlof the short story medium, with her new novel, LEANING, ...

"Frances Itani is the author of four acclaimed short story collections, Truth or Lies, Pack Ice, Man Without Face and Leaning, Leaning Over Water. She has also published three poetry collections and a children’s book. Her awards include the Tilden (CBC/Saturday Night) Literary Award for 1995 and 1996, the Best Short Story Award from Ca...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 30, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006392504

ISBN - 13:9780006392507

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The life of a young girl growing up in a small Canadian town in the 1950's, told in 10 beautifully crafted, interconnected stories, marks Ottawa writer Frances Itani's fourth publication and her first novel. The award-winning author of three short story collections offers original and compelling fiction. Leaning, Leaning Over Water evokes an era when family life and social norms were about to change forever, and is told through the voice of an intelligent and captivating young narrator.