The Sentimentalists by Johanna Skibsrud

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“Sometimes now I’m astonished by the audacity of any attempt, including my own, at understanding anything at all,” says Napoleon’s daughter. A lot of people will very soon be grateful that she — and Skibsrud — went ahead and made the effort anyway.
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"A hypnotic meditation on memory . . . reaffirms the potential for storytelling to offer clarity and redemption." —New York Times Book Review


In this riveting debut, a daughter attempts to discover the truth about the life of her father, a dying Vietnam veteran haunted by his wartime experiences. Powerful and assured, The Sentimentalists is a story of what lies beneath the surface of everyday life.
 

About Johanna Skibsrud

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Johanna Skibsrud is the author of two collections of poetry. The Sentimentalists, her first novel, won the 2010 Scotiabank Giller Prize, Canada's most prestigious literary award. She lives in Tucson, Arizona.
 
Published May 2, 2011 by W. W. Norton & Company. 226 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Ian McGillis on Nov 13 2010

“Sometimes now I’m astonished by the audacity of any attempt, including my own, at understanding anything at all,” says Napoleon’s daughter. A lot of people will very soon be grateful that she — and Skibsrud — went ahead and made the effort anyway.

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