A Circle on the Surface

Carol Bruneau

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ISBN: 9781771085922

A Circle on the Surface

  Author:   Carol Bruneau    
  Publisher:  琉璃社区 Publishing

It’s 1943. Enman and Una Greene are newly married. Each is haunted by their respective pasts, and each harbours secrets. They have hopes of a happy life together鈥攖hough they have little idea how to create such a life.

Enman brings Una to his childhood home in rural Barrein, Nova Scotia, where he hopes they will stay. Una is restless and feeling increasingly trapped, and longs for the city life she once had. Una meets a mysterious man, and then a body washes up on a beach. There are rumours of German sailors roaming the dunes. When the Greenes receive the news they have been waiting for, and that Una is convinced will save her and her marriage, she begins to unravel in ways neither is prepared for.

From critically acclaimed and bestselling author Carol Bruneau comes an achingly honest portrait of a marriage in a time of war鈥攁nd an examination of how it is that we come to know ourselves.

Details and Specs
ISBN associated with this title: 9781771085922
Item NB1349
Publisher琉璃社区 Publishing
Publisher琉璃社区 Publishing
Published on September 11 2018
Language eng
Pages 280
Format Paperback
Dimensions8.5(in) x 5.5(in)
Shipping weight375(g)
Carol Bruneau is the author of three short story collections and four novels. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won the 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her 2007 novel, Glass Voices, was a Globe and Mail Best Book. Her reviews, stories, and essays have appeared nationwide in newspapers, journals, and anthologies, and two of her novels have been published internationally. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, their dog, and their cat.

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"Carol Bruneau brings you to the threshold of life in every one of her stories. She seeks out the breaking point of our hearts and minds; our internal landscape, against the vibrant panorama of the world and our place in it. This is personal. Halifax is her city, good and bad, and we are incredibly lucky to have such a knowledgeable, nuanced, and endearing voice to bring it to us. She is a marvel. You don't get better than this."

Lesley Crewe, national bestselling author of Recipe for a Good Life


"In Threshold, Carol Bruneau makes visible those almost imperceptible moments when what one believes, or what is expected, begins to unravel. Nothing, it turns out, is stable. The logic of time, of how things unfold, collides with the truth—that everything will fall apart. In these keenly observant stories, beauty and fear comingle, but Bruneau's protagonists roll with life's little tsunamis because, well, life simply goes on, no matter what."

Shani Mootoo, Giller Prize'shortlisted author of Polar Vortex


"These are stories of great power and insight. Bruneau illuminates her fictional world with a light so clear and bright that in it we can see into the shadows of our own world, into the usually unuttered spaces between human action and intent, between what we mean to each other and our usually inadequate attempts to articulate that meaning. And the source of that light is Bruneau's powerfully controlled language, never flashy or extravagant, every sentence perfect unto its purpose. Threshold is an admirable and inspiring work."

Leo McKay Jr., Giller Prize-shortlisted author of Like This and What Comes Echoing Back


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