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Paperback | December 30, 2002

byLauren B. Davis

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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 neighborhood.As she grows into a young woman, Irene finds herself consumed by her mother’s increasingly erratic moods and isolated from a world where unemployment, poverty and bigotry have taken firm root in the water-starved soil of town and country. 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 Sonnerfeld, Alberta, who is fighting his own battle for dignity, hope and a place in the world.

The Stubborn Season is an utterly compelling first novel, peopled with vivid characters and set against an era that emanates magically from every page. This is a story alive with the claustrophobic darkness of a Victorian row house; the icy loneliness of life riding the rails as a “box car cowboy”; the languid feel of a steamy Sunday afternoon when respectable people closed their stores, and their lives, against intrusion; and the stench of fear in a jail cell packed with communist agitators desperate to change a broken system. It is a story that is hard to put down, intimate in its knowledge of human struggles and strengths, wonderfully written, and altogether satisfying.

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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 economi...

Lauren B. Davis is the author of the bestselling and critically acclaimed novelsThe Stubborn Season, The Radiant City, Our Daily Bread—which was longlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and named a best book of the year by bothThe Globe and MailandThe Boston Globe—andThe Empty Room—named a best book of the year by theNational Postand...

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Format:PaperbackPublished:December 30, 2002Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 13:9780006391869

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Magnificent Read! Loved the characters - loved the story - loved the setting. Great book which I can't highly recommend enough to all book clubs, ours loved reading and discussing The Stubborn Season.
Date published: 2009-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from wonderful ! The Stubborn Season is very well written and highly engaging. I loved both main characters, Irene and David. Their individual plot lines were very well developed, and the historical information enhanced the entire literary experience. Clearly extensive research was done, which was expertly interwoven in the story line, it informed me about many things I wasn't aware of in Canada's 1930s history. A wonderful read, which I highly recommend to others.
Date published: 2008-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from one of the best Canadian novels ever The Stubborn Season captures a time in Canadian/American history that I, and most of my friends, know little about. Not only did I find the character development absolutely captivating, what I learned from the meticulous research was enriching. The interweaving plot lines are done masterfully, I felt I was in good hands from the first chapter - kudos to Lauren B. Davis, this novel is a keeper and highly recommended to anyone who appreciates great literature!
Date published: 2008-11-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Strong character and lots of emotion I really enjoyed this book. Set in Toronto during the Depression we glimpse how various evils affect people's lives. Particularly, we follow Irene and her struggle to separate herself from her needy mother. Very vivid descriptions of how close to facism Canada came during the Dirty Thirties. A good social history of Toronto at that time. Characters are compellingly written. Torontonians, particulary, will enjoy this fine first novel from Davis. Highly recommended.
Date published: 2003-07-31