Little Sister: A Novel by Barbara GowdyLittle Sister: A Novel by Barbara Gowdy

Little Sister: A Novel

byBarbara Gowdy

Hardcover | November 1, 2018

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The farthest place you can go is closer than you can imagine.

Rose is a sensible woman, thirty-four years old. Together with her widowed mother, Fiona, she runs a small repertory cinema in a big city. Fiona is in the early stages of dementia and is beginning to make painful references to Rose’s sister, Ava, who died young in an accident.

It is high summer, and a band of storms, unusual for their frequency and heavy downpour, is rolling across the city. Something unusual is also happening to Rose. As the storms break overhead, she loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams—not only about being someplace else, but also of living someone else’s life.

Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inside the body of another woman? Disturbed and entranced, she tries to find out what is happening to her.

Like The White Bone, Gowdy’s international bestseller, Little Sister is a fictional tour de force. As the author explores the limits of the human mind, the result is an impassioned tale of one woman’s determination to help a woman she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she has always felt responsible.

Barbara Gowdy was born in Windsor in 1950 but grew up in the Toronto suburb of Don Mills, after having moved there with her family in 1954. After graduating from high school in the late 1960s, she studied at York University and the Royal Conservatory of Music. In the early 1980s, Gowdy became an editor for the publisher Lester and Orpe...
Title:Little Sister: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:312 pages, 8 × 5.5 × 1.03 inPublished:November 1, 2018Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:1554688604

ISBN - 13:9781554688609

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from ok book Found the story interesting but pretty strange.
Date published: 2017-11-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Realistically weird and unique Read the whole review The greatest tragedy of Little Sister isn’t the unfortunate circumstances of a character’s death, the strange way the protagonist Rose Bowan finds herself living the life of Harriet Smith, a big-time book editor across town, the failing memory of Rose’s dementia-ridden mother, Fiona, or even the unsatisfying sex of her mundane relationship with her meteorologist and lazy-eyed boyfriend, Victor. No, the greatest tragedy of Barbara Gowdy’s bizarre and exciting novel is the god-awful design on its cover. Normally, I say you can totally judge a book by its cover, but please, not this one. This one is so much deeper, more intriguing, and well-written than the creepy, badly photoshopped cover would have you believe. Little Sister is something that not a lot of Canadian fiction aspires to be: it’s weird. And I love weird.
Date published: 2017-06-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Summer Literary Thriller First time reading Barbara Gowdy and she hooked me from the first page. A well crafted intriguing novel that I’d call a literary thriller with a hint of magical realism, and a great deal of substance. Our protagonist is a woman who never really got a chance to know herself. She’s been drifting through her own life as a passenger; never really taking an active role. She’s stuck in a somewhat boring life and difficult circumstances. She has choices to make but can't seem to make them yet. Ultimately I think it's a novel about escapism and the many different ways we deal with grief, and what we can learn from each other if we could only walk a mile in their shoes. #plumreviews.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good book Really enjoyed this story.
Date published: 2017-05-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stellar comeback novel! Barbara Gowdy is back with a bang. A crack of thunder, in fact, signalling her heroine's being transported into someone else's body, where she learns some subtle lessons to apply back in her own life. With her trademark wit and eye for idiosyncratic detail Gowdy has delivered another winner. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2017-05-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it This is another strong novel from Gowdy. Fans will enjoy this book
Date published: 2017-04-21

Editorial Reviews

“At once suspenseful and lyrical, Little Sister transports its characters (and its readers) into different bodies and different eras. Brilliantly, devastatingly, Barbara Gowdy unveils the alternate possibilities hidden within the everyday.”