Uncertain Weights and Measures by Jocelyn ParrUncertain Weights and Measures by Jocelyn Parr

Uncertain Weights and Measures

byJocelyn Parr

Paperback | September 19, 2017

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Winner, 2017 Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia University First Book Prize

Shortlisted, 2017 Governor General's Award for Fiction

Shortlisted, 2018 Kobo Emerging Writer Prize

Named a Favourite Book of 2017 by The National Post

Moscow, 1921. Tatiana and Sasha meet in a bookstore the night it is bombed. In the aftermath of the explosion, Sasha grabs Tatiana's hand and together they run to safety. They fall in love.

A promising young scientist, Tatiana follows her mentor, Dr. Bekhterev, to the Institut Mozga, established to study the source of genius. She thrives in the state-sponsored research institute, but Sasha, an artist, feels left behind in this new world where his art seems without place or function. A rift between them grows.

When Bekhterev suddenly dies, Tatiana is prompted to speculate about the shadowy circumstances of his death. Disconcerted and unable to find answers to her questions, she plunges into doubt — about her work as a scientist, her naiveté about the Revolution, her faith in the state, and her relationship with Sasha.

Provocative and compelling, Uncertain Weights and Measures takes place in the heady days of post-Revolution Russia, when belief in a higher purpose was everything. Written in beautifully incisive prose, Jocelyn Parr vividly captures the ambiance of 1920s Moscow and the frisson of real-life events while also spinning a captivating tale of a love torn apart by ideology and high-stakes politics.

Jocelyn Parr was born in New Zealand, but grew up on Canada's West Coast. Her writing has been published in France, Germany, and Canada and in magazines such as Matrix, Grain, and Brick Magazine. She now lives in Montreal, where she teaches history at Dawson College.
Title:Uncertain Weights and MeasuresFormat:PaperbackDimensions:384 pages, 8 × 5 × 0.9 inPublished:September 19, 2017Publisher:Goose Lane EditionsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:086492982X

ISBN - 13:9780864929822

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read Great plot, characters and writing style. Enjoyable.
Date published: 2017-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I HOPE THAT THIS BOOK WINS THE 2017 GOVERNOR GENERAL'S AWARD!!! It is evident that the author has a marvelous passion for history, which is magically woven into her wonderfully creative story. I hope that this book wins the 2017 Governor General's Award for Fantastic Fiction. The author's writing style is beautifully captivating and truly mesmerizing page after page. The characters and the setting comes alive in this book in a very real way. I LOVED this book. It kept me 100% interested.
Date published: 2017-10-15