April 25, 2002
HarperCollins Publishers Ltd
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0002005026
ISBN - 13: 9780002005029
From the Jacket
Where does one person end and the other begin? That’s the question that haunts Irene, a girl growing up in Toronto during the Great Depression. Living with her father, a pharmacist who finds comfort in the bottle, and her mother, a woman teetering on the edge of her own depression, Irene’s crumbling family situation mirrors the economic and social turmoil just beyond the front door of their respectable, working class neighbourhood. As she grows into a young woman, Irene finds herself consumed by her mother’s increasingly erratic moods and isolated in a world where unemployment, poverty and bigotry have taken firm root. Yet in the midst of lives that seem lost, Irene finds strength in the unlikely form of David, a young man from the Jewish farming community of Sonnenfeld, Alberta, who is fighting his own battle for dignity, hope and a place in the world.
The Stubborn Season is a compelling novel, peopled with vivid characters and set in an era that emanates magically from every page. The story captures the claustrophobic darkness of a Victorian row house; the icy loneliness of life riding the rails as a “box car cowboy”; the languor of a steamy afternoon in the city; and the smell of fear in a jail cell packed with Communist agitators desperate to change a broken system. It is a story intimate in its knowledge of human struggles and strengths, wonderfully written, and altogether satisfying.
About the Author
Lauren B. Davis is the author of the nationally bestselling novel The Stubborn Season and a collection of short stories, Rat Medicine and Other Unlikely Curatives, which was published to enthusiastic reviews in 2000. Born in Montreal, Lauren B. Davis recently lived in France for 10 years. She now lives in Princeton, New Jersey.
Visit her website at http://www.laurenbdavis.com
"a skillful weaving of emotion and event...poignant and well-crafted....[The Stubborn Season is] an epiphanic hourglass for the harsh dust that trickled through one of the worst of times."
--The Globe and Mail
“The Stubborn Season has the sting of authenticity. The writing is sharp as glass, the sorrow felt and the release on end, redemptive.”
--Barry Callaghan, author of Barrelhouse Kings and A Kiss is Still a Kiss
"Put this book on your literary map and circle it in gold, for here lies buried treasure.”
--Timothy Findley on Rat Medicine and Other Unlikely Curatives