The Sweet Edge

The Sweet Edge

Book - 2005
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The Sweet Edge is award-winning poet Alison Pick's first novel, about a young couple who lead separate lives one summer. While Ellen works through the muggy days in a trendy Toronto art gallery, her boyfriend Adam takes a solo canoe trip into the Arctic. Pick ingeniously structures the novel so that the two characters alternate chapters and points of view. First we're inside the young woman's head, in the sweltering city and its vividly drawn art-world enclave, then inside the young man's head as he goes dangerously deep into the wilderness. We watch Ellen and Adam's impressions of their partnership, and the world around them, gradually change until the end of the book, when their worlds-and altered world views-suddenly collide.
Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Raincoast Books, 2005.
ISBN: 9781551927831
Branch Call Number: PIC
Characteristics: 284 pages


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Nov 01, 2013

Pick is a talented writer. This story about a young couple in Toronto who are figuring out their relationship over a summer by being apart provides alternating perspectives and points of view. Both change, inevitably, which is positive. The portrayal of Toronto and this group of people seemed authentic.

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