Juliet in August

By Dianne Warren
(Berkley Books, Paperback, 9780425261002, 384pp.)

Publication Date: April 2, 2013

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In her luminous debut novel, acclaimed writer Dianne Warren captures the honesty of the human spirit and the quest for companionship...
Juliet is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town--a dusty oasis on the edge of a vast stretch of sand. It's easy to believe nothing of consequence happens here, but the hills vibrate with the rich stories of its people: Lee, a rancher afraid to accept responsibility for the land his adoptive parents left him; Norval, the bank manager forced to foreclose on his neighbors; Willard and Marian, a shy couple beyond middle age, fumbling with the recognition of their feelings for each other; Vicki, a mother of six struggling to keep her chaotic household afloat. And somewhere, lost in the sand, a camel named Antoinette.
"Juliet in August" unfolds over the course of just one night and day in the lives of its characters. Their stories intersect and overlap as the entire spectrum of human comedy and heartbreak is refracted through their little struggles and deeper concerns. With wit, thoughtfulness, and unforgettable characters, "Juliet in August" confirms Dianne Warren as a powerful new talent.

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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  1. The novel begins one hundred years ago, with the story of a legendary cowboy horse race. It then jumps to the present and follows several characters who live within proximity of the route of that race. Why do you think the writer included the story of the horse race? What does it add to the novel?

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