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"The story of the man who never comes back from sea has been embedded in the lore of eastern Canada. Moore's third work of fiction (after Alligator) imagines the impact one such disaster — the 1982 sinking of the Ocean Ranger — has on Helen O'Mara, a mother of three small children whose husband, Cal, dies at sea. The narrative jumps in time from Helen's life with Cal, the accident itself and the years after in which Helen tries to keep her life intact. Whether it is Helen longing for companionship, designing wedding dresses or learning yoga, everything she does is done with a view to Cal. Most scenes are quietly reflective, and Moore's strength is her ability to inject evocative images and expressive tones to otherwise static and overly earnest passages (as in 'Is this what a life is? Someone, in the middle of cleaning the bathroom, remembers you tasting the ocean on your fingers long after you're gone.') There's no plot — the narrative consists of fragments from Helen's life — and while some readers may find the patchwork engaging, the absence of a through-line makes the work meandering." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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February is Lisa Moores heart-stopping follow-up to her debut novel, Alligator, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Caribbean and Canadian region. Propelled by a local tragedy, in which an oil rig sinks in a violent storm off the coast of Newfoundland, February follows the life of Helen OMara, widowed by the accident, as she continuously spirals from the present day back to that devastating and transformative winter.

After overcoming the hardships of raising four children as a single parent, Helens strength and calculated positivity fool everyone into believing that shes pushed through the paralyzing grief of losing her spouse. But in private, Helen has obsessively maintained a powerful connection to her deceased husband. When Helens son unexpectedly returns home with life-changing news, her secret world is irrevocably shaken, and Helen is quickly forced to come to terms with her inability to lay the past to rest.

An unforgettable glimpse into the complex love and cauterizing grief that run through all of our lives, February tenderly investigates how memory knits together the past and present, and pinpoints the very human need to always imagine a future, no matter how fragile.

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Moore's follow-up to her award-winning debut, "Alligator," is propelled by a local tragedy, in which an oil rig sinks in a violent storm. Helen O'Mara, widowed by the accident, spirals from the present day back to that devastating winter that persists in her mind and heart.

About the Author

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of two Scotiabank Giller Prize-finalists, Open, a story collection, and the novel Alligator, which also won the Commonwealth Writers' Prize for the Caribbean and Canadian region. Moore lives in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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jadelin, October 19, 2010 (view all comments by jadelin)
February is a powerful, intimate, bittersweet novel by Lisa Moore. It was shortlisted for the Booker Mann Prize for good reason. Helen, the main character, has lost the love of her life in a ship accident. She is left with four young children and the many challenges that a sudden and early death bring upon people. The book is written as narratives that weave between characters in the book, shifting between more recent times and the past. Moore's incredible gift for the art of writing was really the subject of the book for me. I was unable to shift my attention to anything but the stories in this book from the time I opened the first page. I found myself colored by the images and intense feelings depicted in February as I went about the mundane activities of my day. One of Moore's strengths is her ability to create stories that you want to see move along because you want to know what is going to happen yet you are so captivated by her intricate descriptions of the character's thoughts and feelings that you are happy to rest in the incredible prose and use of language. This is a novel of profound importance.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780802170705
Author:
Moore, Lisa
Publisher:
Grove Press
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
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Edition Description:
Paperback, Deckle Edge
Publication Date:
20100231
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TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
320
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8.25 x 5.5 in 10 oz

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "The story of the man who never comes back from sea has been embedded in the lore of eastern Canada. Moore's third work of fiction (after Alligator) imagines the impact one such disaster — the 1982 sinking of the Ocean Ranger — has on Helen O'Mara, a mother of three small children whose husband, Cal, dies at sea. The narrative jumps in time from Helen's life with Cal, the accident itself and the years after in which Helen tries to keep her life intact. Whether it is Helen longing for companionship, designing wedding dresses or learning yoga, everything she does is done with a view to Cal. Most scenes are quietly reflective, and Moore's strength is her ability to inject evocative images and expressive tones to otherwise static and overly earnest passages (as in 'Is this what a life is? Someone, in the middle of cleaning the bathroom, remembers you tasting the ocean on your fingers long after you're gone.') There's no plot — the narrative consists of fragments from Helen's life — and while some readers may find the patchwork engaging, the absence of a through-line makes the work meandering." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Synopsis" by ,
February is Lisa Moores heart-stopping follow-up to her debut novel, Alligator, winner of the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Caribbean and Canadian region. Propelled by a local tragedy, in which an oil rig sinks in a violent storm off the coast of Newfoundland, February follows the life of Helen OMara, widowed by the accident, as she continuously spirals from the present day back to that devastating and transformative winter.

After overcoming the hardships of raising four children as a single parent, Helens strength and calculated positivity fool everyone into believing that shes pushed through the paralyzing grief of losing her spouse. But in private, Helen has obsessively maintained a powerful connection to her deceased husband. When Helens son unexpectedly returns home with life-changing news, her secret world is irrevocably shaken, and Helen is quickly forced to come to terms with her inability to lay the past to rest.

An unforgettable glimpse into the complex love and cauterizing grief that run through all of our lives, February tenderly investigates how memory knits together the past and present, and pinpoints the very human need to always imagine a future, no matter how fragile.

"Synopsis" by , Moore's follow-up to her award-winning debut, "Alligator," is propelled by a local tragedy, in which an oil rig sinks in a violent storm. Helen O'Mara, widowed by the accident, spirals from the present day back to that devastating winter that persists in her mind and heart.
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