The Juliet Stories by Carrie Snyder

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Characters do not simply drive, but sail “on the burning wings of excavated fossil fuels.” Similes become increasingly idiosyncratic and fail to enhance their details...All of this makes the reader pine for the very rich material and stronger writing of the book’s first half: We miss Nicaragua as much as Juliet does.
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'a coming-of-age tale about the painful and wonderful experiences of motherhood...a compelling novel told in the most beautifully crafted way, and the frequent lapse into disjointed stream of consciousness renders the style close to that of Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. It is a wonderful rarity when a book leaves you so profoundly affected' - We Love This Book Juliet Friesen is ten years old when her family moves to Nicaragua. It is 1984, the height of Nicaragua's post-revolutionary war, and the peace-activist Friesens have come to protest American involvement. In the midst of this tumult, Juliet's family lives outside of the boundaries of ordinary life. They've escaped, and the ordinary rules don't apply. Threat is pervasive, danger is real, but the extremity of the situation also produces a kind of euphoria, protecting Juliet's family from its own cracks and conflicts. When Juliet's younger brother becomes sick with cancer, their adventure ends abruptly. The Friesens return to Canada only to find that their lives beyond Nicaragua have become the war zone. One by one, they drift from each other, and Juliet grows to adulthood, pulled between her desire to live a free life like the one she remembers in Nicaragua, and her desire to build for her own children a life more settled than her parents could provide. With laser-sharp prose and breathtaking insight, these stories herald Carrie Snyder as one of Canada's most prodigiously talented writers.
 

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Carrie Snyder was born in Hamilton and grew up in Ohio, Nicaragua, and Ayr, Ontario. Her first book,Hair Hat, was nominated for the Danuta Gleed Award for Short Fiction. She lives in Waterloo with her husband and four children.
 
Published March 31, 2012 by House of Anansi Pr. 324 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Robert Sternberg on Mar 23 2012

The book unfortunately slips during its second half when the Friesens move to an unnamed city in an unnamed province in Canada and Juliet turns from child to adolescent to young adult.

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Reviewed by Robert Sternberg on Mar 23 2012

Characters do not simply drive, but sail “on the burning wings of excavated fossil fuels.” Similes become increasingly idiosyncratic and fail to enhance their details...All of this makes the reader pine for the very rich material and stronger writing of the book’s first half: We miss Nicaragua as much as Juliet does.

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