Perfecting by Kathryn KuitenbrouwerPerfecting by Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Perfecting

byKathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Paperback | April 1, 2009

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With blood on his hands, Curtis Woolf flees his home in New Mexico for Canada, where he starts a religious commune, the Family. There he heals others and preaches pacifism while enduring the torment of this own damaged soul. Then his lover, Martha, finds his gun and goes south to discover the truth, whatever that might be. Curtis sets out to bring her back, lest the Family fall apart. In the half-light of a nursing home sits Hollis, dragon lord of a lost Mormon line, who has anointed Curtis, damned him, and now awaits his return.

Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer's writing is full of dark humour and razor-sharp insight. Catching human fallibility head-on, she demands examination, confrontation, and a reckoning of pain with beauty.

Critics described the stories in Way Up, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer's first book of fiction, as "some of the most impressive examples of new Canadian fiction in recent memory." Published in 2003, Way Up received a Danuta Gleed Award and was a finalist for the Relit Award. The Nettle Spinner, her first novel, was shortlisted for the Amazon....
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Title:PerfectingFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 8.54 × 5.5 × 0.73 inPublished:April 1, 2009Publisher:GSELanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from A powerful set-up that fails to deliver on its potential Perfecting commences strongly, with striking characters all moving towards a dramatic collision with each other, against the backdrop of a looming storm. The shifting emotions of Martha, a woman who has spent most of her life in a cult but now feels compelled to leave it, are very well handled (as I can attest, having myself once left a cult after many years). The two most striking characters are Hollis, the aging patriarch of two families of angry men, and Curtis, one of Hollis' sons who tries to remake himself into a saint by founding a small cult in Ontario. The plot fairly demands that the two must ultimately meet again face to face, but here the reader is disappointed. The book's climax and resolution fail to deliver on the full dramatic potential of its powerful set-up.
Date published: 2009-06-14

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With blood on his hands, Curtis Woolf flees his home in New Mexico for Canada, where he starts a religious commune, the Family. There he heals others and preaches pacifism while enduring the torment of this own damaged soul. Then his lover, Martha, finds his gun and goes south to discover the truth, whatever that might be. Curtis sets out to bring her back, lest the Family fall apart. In the half-light of a nursing home sits Hollis, dragon lord of a lost Mormon line, who has anointed Curtis, damned him, and now awaits his return. Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer's writing is full of dark humour and razor-sharp insight. Catching human fallibility head-on, she demands examination, confrontation, and a reckoning of pain with beauty."Perfecting ropes the backwoods of Ontario to the American southwest, offering up clouds of bees to contend with oil flares and guns. In all its marvellous strangeness, this novel hums with sometimes-violent life and the cadence of its supple, extraordinary sentences." — Catherine Bush, author of The Rules of Engagement