Wednesday, April 22, 2009

New Novel by Author of Fugitive Pieces

Some of you might remember fondly a novel from several years ago, the international bestseller Fugitive Pieces, by Anne Michaels. That book won several major awards, including the Orange Prize for fiction. I'm happy to report that she's back with her second novel, The Winter Vault, which she began working on more than thirteen years ago. The new novel is a love story of extraordinary depth and complexity, a mesmerizing tale that juxtaposes historical events with the most intimate moments of individual lives -- " the fascinating, complicated relationship between intense personal lives and larger historical events." It tells the story of Avery and Jean, a newly married Canadian couple living in a houseboat on the Nile River. Tragedy strikes, and they go back to separate lives in Toronto.

In addition to her two novels, Anne Michaels is the author of three highly acclaimed collections of poetry. She has also composed musical scores for the theater. Born in Toronto, Ontario, in 1958, Michaels currently teaches creative writing at the University of Toronto. There's more good news: her third novel is already underway, and we're hoping the wait won't be so long this time. Regardless, I'm sure it will be worth it.

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