Algoma

Algoma

Book - 2011
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A year after watching his brother go through the ice, twelve-year old Ferd refuses to believe Leo is gone. Convinced his brother is still alive, Ferd enters into a campaign of letters to persuade his brother to come home, 'mailing' notes in any pool of water he can find. Soon, sopping notes begin to appear around the house – folded squares of paper in the rain reservoir, kitchen sink, and washing machine. Ferd's mother, Algoma, finds the letters and keeps them to herself in an attempt to hide them from her increasingly distant husband. Gaetan, a bartender who obsessively records the weather, rejects his family's increasingly erratic behaviour and disappears one night leaving behind his weather journal, a newly pregnant wife, and a son consumed with talking to the dead.
Publisher: Halifax, N.S. : Invisible Pub., 2011.
ISBN: 9781926743141
Branch Call Number: COU
Characteristics: 319 pages

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Jan 01, 2013

Yearning notes to a lost brother from his twin waft through Dani Couture's haunting Algoma like Tibetan wind horses. Couture's poetry pedigree informs the story of a family grappling with loss, but the symbolic layers sit lightly on the engrossing story and flawed, still endearing characters.

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