Maxine

Paperback | March 20, 2013

byClaire Wilkshire

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Imagine a new life. Maxine Carter suddenly finds herself searching for a fresh start-a way around her own gnawing fear of an untimely death and a wasted life. What she discovers is her neighbour''s nine-year-old son, Kyle. As Maxine becomes the boy''s constant companion and as Kyle deals with his parents'' increasing absence and with life as an outsider in a new city, he slowly manages to reinvent Maxine''s real and imaginative life. Smart, funny, and poignant, Claire Wilkshire''s impressive debut is a novel about overcoming personal fears in a world wracked by private loss and public anxiety, and about finding friendship in the most unlikely places.

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Imagine a new life. Maxine Carter suddenly finds herself searching for a fresh start-a way around her own gnawing fear of an untimely death and a wasted life. What she discovers is her neighbour's nine-year-old son, Kyle. As Maxine becomes the boy's constant companion and as Kyle deals with his parents' increasing absence and with life as an outsider in a new city, he slowly manages to rein...

Claire Wilkshire is a freelance writer and editor. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary magazines. She lives in St. John's with writer Larry Mathews and their children, Tim and Sally. Maxine is her first novel.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8.48 × 5.5 × 0.55 inPublished:March 20, 2013Publisher:Breakwater Books Ltd.Language:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550814028

ISBN - 13:9781550814026

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Hilarious & deeply affecting A terrific book. Scenes come back to mind long after closing the covers. A poignant, affecting and gut-bustingly funny story written in prose that is sparse, elegant and crackling with wit. The two main characters are Maxine, young(ish) woman facing a point of crisis in her life, and Kyle, the child of a pushy neighbour, who's lonely in a new city, struggling with parents that are both over- and under-protective. Maxine's awkward neuroses meet Kyle's awkward pre-pubescent innocence and both of their lives are upended. The characters are finely wrought and painfully real, and when bad things happen -- or when when they simply yearn for something more from their lives -- the reader feels their longing and pain. A very funny book, with a deep, substantial core. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2013-07-05