The Restoration Of Emily by Kim MoritsuguThe Restoration Of Emily by Kim Moritsugu

The Restoration Of Emily

byKim Moritsugu

Paperback | March 3, 2010

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Architect and single mother Emily Harada has structured a well-ordered existence around her work restoring historic houses and the parenting of her teenage son, Jesse. But her carefully laid foundation cracks when she develops a nagging ache in her shoulder, has her architectural integrity questioned, and feels shut out by Jesse's assertions of independence. What she doesn't need right now - or does she? - are the romantic attentions of a former student, an attractive but much younger man. Or for an old acquaintance to resurface with questions about a Bronze Age artifact that Emily might have, uh, stolen, once upon a time, in her youth.

Emily, her son, and the 2,000-year-old artifact all come of age in this funny and moving novel about motherhood, middle age, and one woman's attempt to restore herself to a state of grace that combines the best elements of past and present, old and new.

Kim Moritsugu is the author of the novels Looks Perfect, shortlisted for the City of Toronto award; Old Flames, and The Glenwood Treasure, shorlisted for the Arthur Ellis Best Crime Novel Award. She teaches creative writing at the Humber School for Writers and conducts walking tours for Heritage Toronto.
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Title:The Restoration Of EmilyFormat:PaperbackDimensions:250 pagesPublished:March 3, 2010Publisher:DundurnLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1550026062

ISBN - 13:9781550026061

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Laugh aloud funny The laugh-aloud wit begins in the first paragraph of this novel about a feminist architect/artist who brings to life vivid anatomies of the deeply quirky immediately recognizable people of this society. She creates suspense out of her work restoring old houses, the story of a two-thousand-year-old bronze armlet she stole on an archeological dig 30 years earlier, and a delicious sexcapade with a much younger architect. All this while engrossing us in her personal mysteries and especially the daily scripts/adventures with her totally normal boundaries- stretching teenager son Jesse. If you are looking for fresh, witty and unsettling insights into the human experience, this is it.
Date published: 2006-05-28

Editorial Reviews

Entertaining ...insightful exploration of the mother-son bond - Books In Canada