Little Sister

Little Sister

A Novel

eBook - 2017
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The farthest place you can go is closer than you can imagine. Rose is a sensible woman, thirty-four years old. Together with her widowed mother, Fiona, she runs a small repertory cinema in a big city. Fiona is in the early stages of dementia and is beginning to make painful references to Rose’s sister, Ava, who died young in an accident. It is high summer, and a band of storms, unusual for their frequency and heavy downpour, is rolling across the city. Something unusual is also happening to Rose. As the storms break overhead, she loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams—not only about being someplace else, but also of living someone else’s life. Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inside the body of another woman? Disturbed and entranced, she tries to find out what is happening to her. Like The White Bone, Gowdy’s international bestseller, Little Sister is a fictional tour de force. As the author explores the limits of the human mind, the result is an impassioned tale of one woman’s determination to help a woman she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she has always felt responsible.
Publisher: [S.l.]: HarperCollins Canada, 2017
ISBN: 9781443432054
Characteristics: 352 p
Additional Contributors: cloudLibrary


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Jul 17, 2017

Featured in Canadian Living July 2017 "True North Page Turners"

Jun 22, 2017

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The greatest tragedy of Little Sister isn’t the unfortunate circumstances of a character’s death, the strange way the protagonist Rose Bowan finds herself living the life of Harriet Smith, a big-time book editor across town, the failing memory of Rose’s dementia-ridden mother, Fiona, or even the unsatisfying sex of her mundane relationship with her meteorologist and lazy-eyed boyfriend, Victor. No, the greatest tragedy of Barbara Gowdy’s bizarre and exciting novel is the god-awful design on its cover.

Normally, I say you can totally judge a book by its cover, but please, not this one. This one is so much deeper, more intriguing, and well-written than the creepy, badly photoshopped cover would have you believe.

Little Sister is something that not a lot of Canadian fiction aspires to be: it’s weird. And I love weird.

Jun 12, 2017

This one didn't work for me. I'm very interested in the concept of people finding themselves in another's body/life, but the premise has been done before and much more deftly. For me this one didn't work, and I didn't feel enough interest in any of the characters to finish it. If the idea of sixth-sense phenomena and astral travel interests you, there's a novel called 'The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells' that covers the possibilities in an extremely well-thought-out manner with an arresting plot and group of characters. In fact, I liked the book so much I went out and bought it after reading and I've re-read it a couple of times since.

Jun 10, 2017

Somewhat unlikable characters and the phenomena of slipping into the other woman's body isn't really explained in a satisfying way. But it did keep me turning pages to try to find out what would happen next.


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Jul 17, 2017

Rose had a rush of nausea, and then a quick, exquisite sensation of her skin tightening and cooling and her flesh clinging to a vibrant bony web.

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