Category: Book
By (author): Moore, Lisa
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Literary
Awards: Quill & Quire Books of the Year (2009) Commended
The New Yorker Best Books of the Year (2010)
Globe and Mail Top 100 Books of the Year (2009) Commended
Canada Reads (2013) Winner
Man Booker Prize (2010) Long-listed
Publisher: House of Anansi Press Inc
Published: February 2010
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 320
Size: 8.00in x 5.25in x 0.73in
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From The Publisher*In 1982, the oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland during a Valentine's Day storm. All eighty-four men aboard died. February is the story of Helen O'Mara, one of those left behind when her husband, Cal, drowns. It begins in the present-day, but spirals back again and again to the "February" that persists in Helen's mind and heart.
In her external life, Helen O'Mara cleans and does yoga and looks after her grandchildren and shakes hands with solitude. In her internal life, she continually revisits Cal. Then, one night she gets a phone call: her son John is coming home. He has made a girl pregnant after a brief, sex-filled week in Iceland. As John grapples with what it might mean to be a father, Helen comes to terms with her need to remember the dead.
Writing at the peak of her form, her steadfast refusal to sentimentalize coupled with an almost shocking ability to render the precise details of her characters' physical and emotional worlds, Lisa Moore gives us her strongest work yet. Here is a novel about complex love and cauterizing grief, about past and present and how memory knits them together, about a fiercely close community and its universal struggles, and finally about our need to imagine a future, no matter how fragile. A profound, gorgeous, heart-stopping work from one of our best writers.
From The Publisher*Lisa Moore's unforgettable second novel examines the aftermath of 1982's Ocean Ranger disaster within the community of St. John's, and its effects on one family in particular.
Review Quote*...exquisitely mindful...All is suffering, certainly, but it's just as true that all is also pretty funny. Moore gets this. She gets life...Moore offers us, elegantly, exultantly, the very consciousness of her characters. In this way, she does more than make us feel for them. She makes us feel what they feel, which is the point of literature and maybe even the point of being human.
Review Quote*...here is writing that examines the richness of the everyday with an incredibly keen eye and renders it without sentimentality but with profound empathy...Like standing in the February winter wind, reading this novel is harrowing, almost painful, but once you step out of it, you appreciate the warmth in your world that much more.
Review Quote*...here is writing that examines the richness of the everyday with an incredibly keen eye and renders it without sentimentality but with profound empathy.
Review Quote*...Moore has established with her second novel a distinctive voice in Canadian literature. Language in Moore's capable hands is often deceptively spare, revealing for the careful reader layers of acute insight. Her writing in February is characterized by a raw, stream-of-consciousness intensity...
Review Quote*...Moore, whose previous novel, Alligator (2006), won a Commonwealth Writers' Prize, renders sensations with the precision of a Vermeer.
Review Quote*A solid, unflinching, unsentimental study of grief...Moore's descriptive powers, her enviable ability to highlight defining elements of character (either individual or societal) by making perceptive observations, are, as always, in evidence.
Review Quote*Although Moore does a good job of depicting remembered incidents the novel is best in its intimate rendering of thought and feeling.
Review Quote*An intense and absorbing read.