Tide Road by Valerie Compton

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For some, this hyper-immersion in the tiny details of grief and self-doubt might be appealing, but as an appreciator of Compton’s writing style, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this premise and these characters demanded more than Tide Road has to offer.
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When Stella disappears, leaving her toddler and husband behind, her mother Sonia, a widowed farm wife and former lighthouse keeper, struggles to face the possibility that her daughter may not have slipped through the ice. She may have been pushed.

In a intensely memorable narrative with the deceptive pull of an undertow, Sonia's past, a flotsam of lost dreams, bruised hopes, buried love, wells up to meet her. Confronted with her own history of choices and failures, Sonia is compelled to revise her perception of her daughter's life and dramatically change the way she lives her own.

Compton is a deft draughtsman of character, whose powers of description, timing, and astounding revelation coalesce into a splendidly nuanced account of the unguessed-at legacies of a life shaped by choices.

 

About Valerie Compton

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Born and raised in Prince Edward Island, Valerie Compton now lives in Halifax, where she writes and teaches fiction writing. Her stories have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Quarterly, The Malahat Review, and Riddle Fence. Her articles have appeared in The Globe and Mail, The National Post, Gourmet Magazine, The Ottawa Citizen, and Quill & Quire.
 
Published March 4, 2011 by Goose Lane Editions. 240 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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Reviewed by Brett Alexander Savory on Mar 11 2011

For some, this hyper-immersion in the tiny details of grief and self-doubt might be appealing, but as an appreciator of Compton’s writing style, I couldn’t shake the feeling that this premise and these characters demanded more than Tide Road has to offer.

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