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Awards

Winner of the 1999 Giller Prize

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

A Good House begins in 1949 in Stonebrook, Ontario, home to the Chamers family. The postwar boom and hope for the future color every facet of life: The possibilities seem limitless for Bill, his wife, Sylvia, and their three children.

In the fifty years that follow, the possibilities narrow. Sylvia's untimely death marks her family indelibly but in ways only time will reveal. Paul's perfect marriage yields an imperfect child. Daphne unabashedly follows an unconventional path, while Patrick discovers that his happiness requires a series of compromises. Bill confronts the onset of old age less gracefully than anticipated, and throughout, his second wife, Margaret, surprisingly remains the family anchor.

Carol Shields, inThe Ottawa Citizen, described A Good House as "the finest novel published in some years in our country."

Review:

"It's as though Thornton Wilder's Our Town has been turned into a quiet, unassuming novel....Not much happens to the Chamberses in the nearly fifty years that the novel spans. And yet, of course, everything happens to them. By subject and style, Burnard is in the territory of Jon Hassler and Annie Proulx, in the ranks of Alice Munro and Carol Shields." Robert Allen Papinchak, Chicago Tribune

Review:

"[An] incandescent first novel." The New Yorker

Review:

"Absorbing...Burnard is an inviting writer with a remarkable eye for detail, and so much of what she has to say about family and neighborly love is authentic and important." Gabriella Stern, The Wall Street Journal

Review:

"A Good House received the 1999 Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award (previous winners include Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood), and it's easy to see why....At once ambitious and wonderfully understated...The language is as plain — as elemental, if you will — as the people she so lovingly, and exactingly, describes. Taken together, these accumulated details work to create the illusion of life itself." Sanford Pinsker, The Washington Post Book World

Review:

"A Good House is at least a 'three hankie read,' and it earns every one of them....A good house? No, a great house, and a fabulous book. Bravo." Mindy Werner, News & Observer (Raleigh, North Carolina)

Review:

"A true book, one to be treasured and shared with a sister, father, or best friend." Jackie Pray, USA Today

Synopsis:

A Good House begins in 1949 in Stonebrook, Ontario, home to the Chambers family. The postwar boom and hope for the future color every facet of life: the possibilities seem limitless for Bill, his wife Sylvia, and their three children.

In the fifty years that follow, the possibilities narrow. Sylvias untimely death marks her family indelibly but in ways only time will reveal. Pauls perfect marriage yields an imperfect child. Daphne unabashedly follows an unconventional path, while Patrick discovers that his happiness requires a series of compromises. Bill confronts the onset of old age less gracefully than anticipated, and throughout, his second wife, Margaret, remains, surprisingly, the family anchor.

This extraordinarily moving and beautifully crafted first novel was a number one bestseller in Canada where it won one of the countrys most prestigious literary awards, the Giller Prize, in 1999.

About the Author

A resident of London, Ontario, Bonnie Burnard is the author of two award-winning story collections. A Good House is her first novel. A number-one bestseller in Canada, it received the 1999 Giller Prize, on of Canada's most prestigious literary awards; previous winners include Alice Munro and Maragret Atwood.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805064957
Subtitle:
A Novel
Author:
Burnard, Bonnie
Publisher:
Picador
Location:
New York
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Canada
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Brothers and sisters
Subject:
Sagas
Subject:
Family saga
Subject:
Veterans
Subject:
Domestic fiction
Subject:
World War, 19
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
American
Series Volume:
106-82
Publication Date:
20011005
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
320
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 x 0.725 in

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Product details 320 pages Henry Holt & Company - English 9780805064957 Reviews:
"Review" by , "It's as though Thornton Wilder's Our Town has been turned into a quiet, unassuming novel....Not much happens to the Chamberses in the nearly fifty years that the novel spans. And yet, of course, everything happens to them. By subject and style, Burnard is in the territory of Jon Hassler and Annie Proulx, in the ranks of Alice Munro and Carol Shields."
"Review" by , "[An] incandescent first novel."
"Review" by , "Absorbing...Burnard is an inviting writer with a remarkable eye for detail, and so much of what she has to say about family and neighborly love is authentic and important."
"Review" by , "A Good House received the 1999 Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award (previous winners include Alice Munro and Margaret Atwood), and it's easy to see why....At once ambitious and wonderfully understated...The language is as plain — as elemental, if you will — as the people she so lovingly, and exactingly, describes. Taken together, these accumulated details work to create the illusion of life itself."
"Review" by , "A Good House is at least a 'three hankie read,' and it earns every one of them....A good house? No, a great house, and a fabulous book. Bravo."
"Review" by , "A true book, one to be treasured and shared with a sister, father, or best friend."
"Synopsis" by ,
A Good House begins in 1949 in Stonebrook, Ontario, home to the Chambers family. The postwar boom and hope for the future color every facet of life: the possibilities seem limitless for Bill, his wife Sylvia, and their three children.

In the fifty years that follow, the possibilities narrow. Sylvias untimely death marks her family indelibly but in ways only time will reveal. Pauls perfect marriage yields an imperfect child. Daphne unabashedly follows an unconventional path, while Patrick discovers that his happiness requires a series of compromises. Bill confronts the onset of old age less gracefully than anticipated, and throughout, his second wife, Margaret, remains, surprisingly, the family anchor.

This extraordinarily moving and beautifully crafted first novel was a number one bestseller in Canada where it won one of the countrys most prestigious literary awards, the Giller Prize, in 1999.

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