Sitting Practice

Category: Book
By (author): Adderson, Caroline
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Medical
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Thomas Allen
Published: September 2003
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 336
Size: 9.25in x 6.25in x 1.00in
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From The Publisher*

Longlisted for CBC Radio's Canada Reads 2016, 

Three and a half weeks after his wedding, Ross Alexander is driving home from a tennis game with his new bride when a wayward tennis ball rolls under his feet. As his wife Iliana removes her seatbelt to retrieve the ball, a truck slams into the car, and she ends up paralyzed and in a coma.

So begins this extraordinary portrait of a fated marriage. Ross struggles with the guilt over the consequences of his wife's paralysis and for the imagined life that is now forever lost. He turns to an exploration of Buddhist principles to ease his pain. He must also contend with his codependent twin sister, Bonnie, mother of his adored nephew, who is jealous of the other woman in her brother's life.

Iliana must deal with her new existence as a wheelchair-bound wife, her husband's feelings of alienation, and their aching and growing lack of intimacy. In this stunning new novel, acclaimed writer Caroline Adderson shows how lives can change forever because of one fateful moment.

With characters that are achingly real, Adderson demonstrates why she is one of Canada's most talented and significant writers.

From The Publisher*Ross struggles with the guilt over the consequences of his wife's paralysis and for the imagined life that is now forever lost.
Review Quote*Adderson achieves a remarkable effect with her prose. Its clarity is so overwhelming that it becomes intoxicating... Adderson has done a terrific job in Iliana by showing how the wheelchair is not the person.
Review Quote*Sitting Practice charms... with its exuberant, generous take on life and love.
Review Quote*...compulsively readable... Adderson's prose is characterized by fierce intelligence, razor-sharp wit and wry omniscience. She writes with a tone of subdued mirth or bemused wisdom that lends the book both immediacy and intimacy.
Review Quote*...a must-read.
Review Quote*Adderson is a shrewd writer, and she gets exactly right the many sadnesses that affect Iliana and Ross's lives.
Review Quote*...a fine treatment of a difficult subject and a rewarding read.
Review Quote*The balance of trivial and profound is almost Zenlike: life includes everything... This is a writer with all the talents required to keep on delivering.
Review Quote*The beauty of Sitting Practice lies in its conviction that true love can endure the inendurable...[Adderson's] book, rich in healthy empathy, leaves us with the sobering realization that no partnership remains forever equal.