Tide Road

Paperback | March 4, 2011

byValerie Compton

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When Stella disappears, leaving her toddler and husband behind, her mother Sonia, a widowed farm wife and former lighthouse keeper, struggles to face the possibility that her daughter may not have slipped through the ice. She may have been pushed.

In a intensely memorable narrative with the deceptive pull of an undertow, Sonia's past, a flotsam of lost dreams, bruised hopes, buried love, wells up to meet her. Confronted with her own history of choices and failures, Sonia is compelled to revise her perception of her daughter's life and dramatically change the way she lives her own.

Compton is a deft draughtsman of character, whose powers of description, timing, and astounding revelation coalesce into a splendidly nuanced account of the unguessed-at legacies of a life shaped by choices.

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When Stella disappears, leaving her toddler and husband behind, her mother Sonia, a widowed farm wife and former lighthouse keeper, struggles to face the possibility that her daughter may not have slipped through the ice. She may have been pushed. In a intensely memorable narrative with the deceptive pull of an undertow, Sonia's past, a flotsam of lost dreams, bruised hopes, buried love, wells up ...

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Memory changes, as the events of history never do. On a strangely warm day in January, Stella vanishes without a trace, leaving behind a young daughter and a husband bewildered by her sudden absence. The police officially label her disappearance an accident, a drowning, Stella somehow slipping beneath the thin ice of a nearby river. As her mother Sonia clings to the remnants of her family, she beg...

Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Valerie Compton now lives in Halifax, where she writes and teaches fiction writing. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, and Riddle Fence. Her articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Gourmet Magazine, The Ottawa Citizen, and Quill & Quire.
Format:PaperbackDimensions:240 pages, 8.5 × 5.5 × 0.5 inPublished:March 4, 2011Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0864926359

ISBN - 13:9780864926357

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Brilliant and irresistible In Valerie Compton's Tide Road from Goose Lane Editions, Sonia loses her adult daughter. The general feeling is that the daughter Stella has fallen through the ice on the river and drowned. Stella has left behind her husband and her own young daughter. Sonia is convinced that she has just run away. It is 1965 and rural Prince Edward Island is the setting of the story, a place well behind the economic and technological development of the shiny major cities, Montreal and Toronto. But the easy slow nature of this bucolic community is a wonderful counterpoint to the turmoil within Sonia as she searches for her daughter, and for some meaning in her disappearance. In Tide Road, Compton shows us how being deceived by our breadth of vision and ignoring the details within our reach, can be a metaphor for dissociative amnesia. How a panoramic vista can disguise the details within our reach, and how those details, whether ignored or forgotten, as well as our choices and failures, have served to not only shape us, but then through us, influence and shape our children. Compton's Tide Road is a well told story of vision, choices made, forgotten dreams, failures endured, and reclaiming life. I highly recommend this book.
Date published: 2011-06-08