Remembering the Bones

Paperback | July 15, 2008

byFrances Itani

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Georgina Danforth Witley shares her birthday—April 21, 1926—with Queen Elizabeth II, a coincidence that has led to an invitation to a special 80th-birthday lunch at Buckingham Palace. While she should be on her way to London, Georgie lies injured in a ravine not far from her own house, the result of a car accident en route to the airport. Desperately hopeful that someone will find her, Georgie relies on her strength, her family memories, her no-nonsense wit and a recitation of the names of the bones in her body—a long-forgotten exercise from childhood that reminds her she is still very much alive.
    Frances Itani brings us a novel that is charming and deeply felt, by turns fanciful and profound. Insightful and beautifully written, Remembering the Bones considers what a life is worth and reminds us that even the most ordinary of lives is extraordinary.

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Georgina Danforth Witley shares her birthday—April 21, 1926—with Queen Elizabeth II, a coincidence that has led to an invitation to a special 80th-birthday lunch at Buckingham Palace. While she should be on her way to London, Georgie lies injured in a ravine not far from her own house, the result of a car accident en route to the airpo...

FRANCES ITANI, a Member of the Order of Canada, had a spectacular international debut with her first novel,Deafening, which received a Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book (Canada and Caribbean Region) and was shortlisted for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award; it was a #1 bestseller in Canada. Her second novel,Rem...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.75 inPublished:July 15, 2008Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0006392628

ISBN - 13:9780006392620

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pieces of her history made her who she was As a new member of a book club I was eager to read the appointed book of the month, Remembering the Bones. Georgie won me over with her passion and spirit as she journey's alone to see Elizabeth and share her birthday with 99 others. I found myself hoping she would survive not only to make it to England but to recall all of the pieces of her life that made her who is she. I loved the way she remembers the bones that make up the body just as she remembers the pieces that make up her soul.
Date published: 2009-03-05
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Read We are introduced to Georgie Danforth Whitley. She is a Canadian widow. Her Husband passed away 3 years ago. Georgie is getting ready to go to London, England. She has been invited to London for a celebratory luncheon honoring Queen Elizabeth’s 80th birthday. She shares the same birthday with the Queen. She is one of 99 commoners who have been invited. We discover that Georgie is fascinated with the Queen. (BTW most Canadians are fascinated with the royal family.) Through all Georgies careful planning she will not make it to the palace this time. On the way to the local airport Georgie gets distracted and her car slips off the road, through the guard rail and flips twice down the hillside. Georgie is thrown from the car into the brush. There is no visible sign from the road that an accident ever occured. Georgie is alone and helpless. When she was a little girl she dicovered her grandfathers 1901 Edition of Grays Anatomy. She memorized all the bones in a human body. Which you will discover that after the first chapter all the other chapters in the book are named after bones in the body. Each bone tells a story from her past.
Date published: 2008-10-21
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Well Written Family Saga Both Remembering the Bones and Deafening left me wanting something more. Deafening came extremely highly recommended by a local librarian and I had high expectations. And while I enjoyed it, it didn't quite live up to those expectations. It was quite well written. So I did look forward to Remembering the Bones - I knew it would be a quiet book - Georgina is on her way to the airport to go to Buckingham Palace to have tea with the Queen (they share the same birthday) when her car goes into a ravine. She is in the ravine remembering her life for the rest of the book - so not a high action thriller. And the writing was wonderful again - with these kinds of books bad writing will not be tolerated. And I enjoyed it - it was a family history of her parents and grandmother and their lives in this small Ontario town. But it didn't quite do it for me. I wanted to love it, but I only liked it. The ending was vaguely unsatisfying but I understood her desire to finish it like she did. I just wanted a little bit more. I read it a month ago and the details have already slipped away. If it had grabbed me completely I would still be thinking about the characters at night.
Date published: 2008-09-06