You Never Know by Isabel HugganYou Never Know by Isabel Huggan

You Never Know

byIsabel Huggan

Paperback | May 14, 1996

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You Never Know is the new collection of stories from Isabel Huggan, author of The Elizabeth Stories. Set in Canada, Kenya and France, the tales deal with the friendship of young girls, mother-daughter relationships and unresolved feelings between men and women.
Isabel Huggan grew up in small-town Ontario, an experience that shaped her prize-winning first book, The Elizabeth Stories, which established her as an original, talented writer. In 1987 her husband’s work took the family to Kenya and she has found herself living abroad ever since -- a situation reflected in You Never Know. Her work ha...
Title:You Never KnowFormat:PaperbackDimensions:256 pages, 8.01 × 5.2 × 0.69 inPublished:May 14, 1996Publisher:Knopf Canada

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0394281845

ISBN - 13:9780394281841


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Varied settings, thoughtful tales Huggan's first book, The Elizabeth Stories, successfully evoked the patterns of life in a small Ontario town in the 1950s and 1960s. In her second book, Huggan leaves behind this bucolic setting and takes on the world, with stories set in many countries and places. "You Never Know" where you're going to end up next. My favourite stories from this collection are "Observing the Niceties" and "Knowing People". Every story is thoughtful and elegant.
Date published: 2006-08-03

From Our Editors

Set in Canada, France, Kenya and Scotland, the 12 tales in You Never Know are graceful, powerful, funny and touching. From a little girl's obsession with King George to a university student's summer job at a psychiatric institution to a newlywed's adjustment to farm life, Isabel Huggan's stories explore the lives of girls and women.

Editorial Reviews

"Moving and trenchant stories. Huggan is an elegant wordsmith but more than that, she has a way of seeing the truth of experience... Buy this book. Read it. Savour it. Read it again and again."—The Calgary Herald"The 12 stories in You Never Know come from a mature writer who has perfected her strongest feature — an ability to created a powerful and compassionate narrative voice. As a reader you go wherever the characters in this book lead you, not because they are admirable or wise — some are not — but because you trust them and they remind you of someone you know. With a smooth and lovely grace, Huggan leads us to recognize the stranger in ourselves, the distance that exists between us and others, including those we love."—The Globe and Mail"These are 'women's stories' in the very best sense, rich in detail, full of sense and sensibility and with just enough ambiguity to seize the reader's imagination and hold it captive."—The Boston Sunday Globe"Like someone who's just discovered enchanted waters, you come away from Isabel Huggan's stories happier and wiser, and thirsty for more. Her flawless, witty, experienced stories remind us what a pleasure it is to be in the presence of master."—Alberto Manguel