Maxine by Claire Wilkshire

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For a novel so self-aware, Maxine seems unsure of where it’s going. Just as Maxine would benefit from getting out more, so too might Claire Wilkshire benefit from ceasing to hide her obvious talents behind her less-skilled literary creation.
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Imagine a new life.

Maxine Carter suddenly finds herself searching for a fresh start-a way around her own gnawing fear of an untimely death and a wasted life. What she discovers is her neighbour's nine-year-old son, Kyle.

As Maxine becomes the boy's constant companion and as Kyle deals with his parents' increasing absence and with life as an outsider in a new city, he slowly manages to reinvent Maxine's real and imaginative life.

Smart, funny, and poignant, Claire Wilkshire's impressive debut is a novel about overcoming personal fears in a world wracked by private loss and public anxiety, and about finding friendship in the most unlikely places.
 

About Claire Wilkshire

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Claire Wilkshire is a freelance writer and editor. Her short stories have appeared in a variety of anthologies and literary magazines. She lives in St. John's with writer Larry Mathews and their children, Tim and Sally. Maxine is her first novel.
 
Published March 20, 2013 by Breakwater Books Ltd.. 320 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Kerry Clare on Mar 22 2013

For a novel so self-aware, Maxine seems unsure of where it’s going. Just as Maxine would benefit from getting out more, so too might Claire Wilkshire benefit from ceasing to hide her obvious talents behind her less-skilled literary creation.

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Reviewed by Kerry Clare on Mar 22 2013

For a novel so self-aware, Maxine seems unsure of where it’s going. Just as Maxine would benefit from getting out more, so too might Claire Wilkshire benefit from ceasing to hide her obvious talents behind her less-skilled literary creation.

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