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Frances Itani is the award-winning author of four acclaimed short story collections and three poetry collections. She has also written a children's book, and was poetry editor of Canadian Forum for several years. She grew up in Quebec, has travelled extensively, and now divides her time between Ottawa and Geneva.


The stories reveal, slowly and with a sureness of touch, the cluttered cares of childhood, the confusion that accompanies the coming of adulthood and stolid acceptance of unavoidable sorrow - London Free PressTold with a relaxed combination of calm delicacy and sharp, detailed precision - Ottawa CitizenHas great passages of lucid, emotionally stirring writing about ordinary life and childhood discoveries - Globe and Mail'This lyrical portrait of life in postwar Canada is touchingly illustrated ' - The Times'Itani's skill at evoking a sense of place is extraordinary; not just the overall setting, but also the smaller special locations that develop and retain significance in the characters' lives. The life of the Kings is not itself idyllic, but the success with which it is painted goes beyond what one can imagine being possible in a true-life memoir. The Ottawa River feels like a constant presence amid the calm, precise prose, almost attaining the status of a character. evocative, unshowy writing.' - Herald'A subtle, sinister coming-of-age novel ...Itani's psychological study captures perfectly the preoccupations of a teenage girl and her emerging consciousness - as well as the cultural and religious tensions of post-war Canada . . . This is a story that refuses to be hurried but if you allow the prose to pull you in, it's w

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