Algoma by Dani Couture

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Algoma suffers some of the common faults of first novels: a shaky grasp of plotting and structure, scenes that add detail but little meaning, too many characters with too little motivation.
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A year after watching Leo go through thin ice, twelve-year-old Ferd is obsessed with the idea that he can persuade hisdead brother to come home through a campaign of letters.Plaintive notes appear around the house--folded squaresof paper in the rain reservoir, kitchen sink, and washingmachine. Ferd's mother, Algoma, is also unravelling;attempting to hide her son's letters, reconnect with herincreasingly distant husband, and rebuild her life.
 

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DANI COUTURE grew up on a series of Canadian military bases. She is the author two books of poetry, Good Meat (2006) and Sweet (2010), and she won This Magazine's annual Great Canadian Literary Contest in 2007. Dani now lives in Toronto.
 
Published October 15, 2011 by Invisible Publishing. 336 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Michel Basilieres on Oct 28 2011

Algoma suffers some of the common faults of first novels: a shaky grasp of plotting and structure, scenes that add detail but little meaning, too many characters with too little motivation.

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