Inside

June 16, 2012|
Inside by Alix Ohlin
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Shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers'' Trust Fiction Prize, and selected as an Oprah''s Book Club Summer Reading Pick, an Amazon.ca Best Book, and an iTunes Store Best Book

When Grace, a highly competent and devoted therapist in Montreal, stumbles across a man in the snowy woods who has failed to hang himself, her instinct to help immediately kicks in. Before long, however, she realizes that her feelings for this charismatic, extremely guarded stranger are far from straightforward.

At the same time, her troubled teenage patient, Annie, runs away and soon will reinvent herself in New York as an aspiring and ruthless actress, as unencumbered as humanly possible by any personal attachments. And Mitch, Grace''s ex-husband, a therapist as well, leaves the woman he''s desperately in love with to attend to a struggling native community in the bleak Arctic. We follow these four compelling, complex characters from Montreal and New York to Hollywood and Rwanda, each of them with a consciousness that is utterly distinct and urgently convincing. With a razor-sharp emotional intelligence, Inside poignantly explores the manifold dangers and imperatives of making ourselves available to, and indeed responsible for, those dearest to us.

Heather's Review

Can we ever truly help the people we love? What about strangers? And if we try, what will that help cost us? Alix Ohlin’s beautiful first novel, shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller as well as the Rogers Writers’ Trust prizes, captures lives that are damaged and hopeful, as ordinary people struggle to help those around them. At the ...

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ALIX OHLIN is the author of four books, including the novels Inside and Dual Citizens, which were both finalists for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and the Rogers Writers'' Trust Fiction Prize. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Best American Short Stories, and many other publications. Born and raised in Montreal, she liv...
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Title:Inside
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:272 pages, 9.25 X 6.25 X 0.69 in
Shipping dimensions:272 pages, 9.25 X 6.25 X 0.69 in
Published:June 16, 2012
Publisher:House Of Anansi Press Inc
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781770892064

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