A Very Fine Line
By Julie Johnston
(Tundra Books, Paperback, 9780887768293, 208pp.)
Publication Date: August 12, 2008
Other Editions of This Title: Hardcover
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Rosalind Kemp is the youngest in a family of sisters. She lives a comfortable life in a small town in Ontario. Ros is active, loving, and artistic. And, she has second sight.
It is a part of her nature with which she has trouble coming to terms: sometimes it is nothing more than a pleasant parlor trick, like knowing that King Edward will abdicate; sometimes it is a curse that makes her feel freakish; and sometimes it is just plain terrifying. Ros tries everything she can to suppress the gift, and subsequently herself, but nothing works. If she is going to live her life fully, she will have to come to terms with every part of her being, just as everyone must.
This brilliant novel is Julie Johnston at her very best: it is funny, frightening, and painfully insightful.
Julie Johnston received the Governor General’s Award for her first two books, Hero of Lesser Causes and Adam and Eve and Pinch-Me. Her third novel, The Only Outcast, was shortlisted for the Governor General’s Award, as was her novel In Spite of Killer Bees. In 2003, Julie Johnston was awarded the Vicky Metcalf Award for Children’s Literature in recognition of the enormous contribution her body of work has made to children’s literature. Her most recent young adult book, Susanna’s Quill, was also critically acclaimed. Published in 2005, As If By Accident is Julie Johnston’s first book for adults. Julie Johnston lives in Peterborough, Ontario.
Praise for Susanna’s Quill:
“…[Susanna’s Quill] brings to the subject what is best about Johnston’s writing — considerable thoughtfulness and proven ability to provide a rich, textured prose that invites readers deeper toward understanding.”
— The Toronto Star
Praise for In Spite of Killer Bees:
“…a signature Julie Johnston story: complex, subtle, and engaging.”
— The Horn Book Magazine
“...Johnston’s ... narrative is compelling…. An insightful novel about sisters, reconciling past and present, and opening hearts and minds.”
“A gem — another one — from two-time Governor General’s Award-winner Julie Johnston.”
— Globe and Mail