Juliet in August by Dianne Warren
(Cool Water)

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In her luminous debut novel, acclaimed writer Dianne Warren captures the honesty of the human spirit and the quest for companionship…

Juliet is a blink-and-you-miss-it kind of town—a dusty oasis on the edge of a vast stretch of sand. It’s easy to believe nothing of consequence happens here, but the hills vibrate with the rich stories of its people: Lee, a rancher afraid to accept responsibility for the land his adoptive parents left him; Norval, the bank manager forced to foreclose on his neighbors; Willard and Marian, a shy couple beyond middle age, fumbling with the recognition of their feelings for each other; Vicki, a mother of six struggling to keep her chaotic household afloat. And somewhere, lost in the sand, a camel named Antoinette.

Juliet in August unfolds over the course of just one night and day in the lives of its characters. Their stories intersect and overlap as the entire spectrum of human comedy and heartbreak is refracted through their little struggles and deeper concerns. With wit, thoughtfulness, and unforgettable characters, Juliet in August confirms Dianne Warren as a powerful new talent.
 

About Dianne Warren

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DIANNE WARREN is the author of short stories and plays. This is her first novel. It won the 2010 Governor General's Award for fiction, one of Canada's most prestigious literary prizes (published under the title Cool Water ). Warren lives in Regina, Saskatchewan.
 
Published July 5, 2012 by Berkley. 384 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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plus the local hairdresser, whose cousin stabbed his own mother and whose father is a drunk—it adds up to the traditional cast of quirky characters that frequently animate tales of small-town life.

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Warren’s U.S. debut is a delicate exploration of the inner lives of the inhabitants of smalltown Juliet, Saskatchewan, located on the edge of a Canadian desert.

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Life is deceivingly quiet in this debut novel, winner of Canada's Governor General's Award.

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On July 1, Kepler's Books, Menlo Park, Calif., is closing for two months to make "a major overhaul both in the front of the store (new layout, restocking of books) and in the back (new computer systems, new staff training, etc)," as the store put it.

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