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A Jest of God
09 Mar 2017 * PAPERBACK * £10 * 9781786691224

A duty-ridden woman dreams of breaking free from her small-town chains.

Fiction / FA (Fiction)
Extent: 256 pages  Format: 198 x 129 mm
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A Jest of Godby Margaret Laurence, afterword by Margaret Atwood

'An almost perfect book' MARGARET ATWOOD.

Whenever I find myself thinking in a brooding way, I must simply turn it off and think of something else. God forbid that I should turn into an eccentric.

Rachel Cameron is a shy, retiring schoolmistress, tethered to her overbearing invalid mother. Thirty-four and unmarried, she feels herself edging towards a lonely spinsterhood. But then she falls in love for the first time, and embarks upon an affair that will change her life in unforeseen ways.

 
Margaret Laurence (1926-1987) grew up in the small prairie town of Neepawa, Manitoba, Canada. Recognised as one of the greatest Canadian writers, her masterwork is the Manawaka sequence of five novels.

A Jest of God holds a special place for me... I found it an almost perfect book, in that it did what it set out to do, with no gaps and no excesses. Like a pool or a well, it covers a small area but goes down deep... plain, self-contained, elegant in form, holding within it the essentials of life' Margaret Atwood

'Authentic and powerful. The dialogue is full of nice ironies and the narrative finely paced' TLS

It's not hard to see why its female readers welcomed and cherished it... this is not a feel-good book but Rachel is portrayed with exceptional insight and subtlety which feel relevant still' Sunday Herald

Laurence remains, for many readers, the defining conscious of 20th-century Canadian literary fiction as well as a major influence on Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood. It is easy to see why... This stylistically sophisticated narrative [is] tender and sympathetic but never sentimental' Irish Times

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