Tracing Iris by Genni Gunn

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Commonwealth Prize nominee Genni Gunn has penned an ingenious psychological novel, placing at its dark centre a flawed but redeemable heroine, Kate Mason, a thirty-something social anthropologist returning to the emotional crime scene she reluctantly calls home. While Kate mercilessly unearths the remnants of a life littered with evidence of abandonment, lies and loss, she also unravels the coil that binds her to Iris, the mother she never knew. Iris’ haunting disappearance lurks on the periphery of strained relations with Joe, Kate’s taciturn father; Rose, her benevolent aunt; Angie, her childhood girlfriend; and Ray, her not-so-estranged ex. Like the endangered cultures she researches, Kate faces extinction through contact with poisonous knowledge and must weigh the price of truth or risk annihilation at the hands of those she so desperately wants to trust.

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Genni Gunn was born in Trieste, Italy and emigrated to Canada in 1960. She studied music, creative writing and translation at the University of British Columbia, and received her M.F.A in 1984. Gunn was was a professional musician who performed extensively in Canada and did studio work before she turned to writing. She has published novels, poetry, short fiction, and translation, as well as an opera libretto, Alternate Visions, which was commissioned by the Vancouver Opera. Gunn was a member of The Writers Union of Canada, The Literary Translators Association of Canada, and Pen International. Gunn's work, Devour Me Too was a Finalist for The John Glassco Translation Award in 1987. Thrice Upon a Time was a Finalist for Best First Novel Canada/Caribbean Division for The Commonwealth Prize in 1991, and Mating in Captivity was a Finalist for The Gerald Lampert Poetry Award in 1993.
Published May 17, 2011 by Carolyn Swayze Literary Agency. 284 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Once home, Kate learns that Elaine, who’d urgently wanted to talk to her before she died, turns out to have been the elder sister of her mother, Iris.

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