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Clara Callan: A Novel [Paperback]

Item : Clara Callan: A Novel [Paperback]
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Author Author : Wright, Richard B.
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 0060506075
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9780060506070
Publisher Publisher : Harper Perennial
Pages Pages : 432
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100000022

In a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for New York. It's a time when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and people escape from reality through radio and the movies. Meanwhile, the two sisters -- vastly different in personality, yet inextricably linked by a shared past -- try to find their places within the complex web of social expectations for young women in the 1930s.

While Nora embarks on a glamorous career as a radio-soap opera star, Clara, a strong and independent-minded woman, struggles to observe the traditional boundaries of a small and tight-knit community without relinquishing her dreams of love, freedom, and adventure. However, things aren't as simple as they appear -- Nora's letters eventually reveal life in the big city is less exotic than it seems, and the tranquil solitude of Clara's life is shattered by a series of unforeseeable events. These twists of fate require all of Clara's courage and strength, and finally put the seemingly unbreakable bond between the sisters to the test.

CLARA CALLAN is one of those rare novels that one might justifiably call a masterpiece.Superb... Traces with understated compassion ... the separate histories of two sisters.A singularly poignant story about the depravity of human beings [and] their compassion and amazing capacity to endure.A compelling story of perseverance and quiet triumph.Entertaining.An amazing feat [that] remind some readers of the American poet Elizabeth Bishop.A classic page-turner.A master story-teller.A compelling narrative and characters that brim with humanity.A near-perfect miniature: precisely written, true in voice and setting.Mr. Wright writes with the apparent ease of breathing, and he is both touching and very very funny.As compelling as any Margaret Atwood or as incisive as a Robertson Davies.... [An] invigoratingly original work.

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