Juliet in August

By Dianne Warren
(Amy Einhorn Books, Hardcover, 9780399157998, 324pp.)

Publication Date: July 5, 2012

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Selected by Indie Booksellers for the July 2012 Indie Next List
“This quietly lovely story of people finding joy where they can is set near the Little Snake Hills sand dunes of the Canadian West, where small town lives can be as dry and brittle as the prairie grasses or a rich as the history of the area. Among the characters are a man and a woman with an old drive-in theater and a missing camel named Antoinette; a couple and their children getting deeper in dept; and a lost Arabian horse who helps a man discover what to do with his life. Highly deserving of Canada's Governor General's Award.”
-- Susan Wasson, Bookworks, Albuquerque, NM


Description

With writing reminiscent of Alice Munro, Carol Shields, Larry McMurtry, and Elizabeth Strout, Juliet in August uncovers the incredible drama beneath the inhabitants of a sleepy prairie town. Juliet, Saskatchewan, is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town—a dusty oasis on the edge of the Little Snake sand hills. It’s easy to believe that nothing of consequence takes place there. But the hills vibrate with life, and the town’s heart beats in the rich and overlapping stories of its people: the rancher afraid to accept responsibility for the land his adoptive parents left him; the bank manager grappling with a sudden understanding of his own inadequacy; a shy couple, well beyond middle age, struggling with the recognition of their feelings for each other. And somewhere, lost in the sand, a camel named Antoinette.




About the Author
DIANNE WARREN is the author of the Governor General s Awardwinning novel Cool Water, as well as three books of short fiction and three plays. Her play Serpent in the Night Sky was shortlisted for a Governor General s Award for Drama in 1992. In 2004, she won the Marian Engel Award for a woman writer in mid-career. She lives with her husband, a visual artist, in Regina, Saskatchewan.
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