Ellen In Pieces

Category: Book
By (author): Adderson, Caroline
Subject:  FICTION / General
  POETRY / Canadian
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: March 2015
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.75in
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Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

Ellen McGinty: sexy, impulsive, loud-mouthed, chock full of regrets. In middle age she sells the house she raised her daughters in, slips off the shell of her old life, and steps out for a first, tentative foray into real contentment - directly into the path of a man twenty years her junior. Her story explodes into multiple points of view. Through the eyes of her lover, Matt, her ex-husband, Larry, her two daughters (one a former addict), her grandson, and her friends, we watch Ellen negotiate her tumultuous life as the pieces of who she is finally come together. In its entirety, Ellen in Pieces explores love in its varied forms, the nature of regret (and the possibility of recovery from it), and that greatest human test, mortality.

Exquisitely written, absorbing and intelligent, this new novel by Caroline Adderson shows her at the top of her form. Ellen in Pieces is a deeply affecting story, an emotional mirror for all our lives.

Review Quote*

"I think I fell in love with Ellen McGuinty on page one. She's the brash, remorseful, sarcastic, funny, sexy heroine of British Columbia author Caroline Adderson's fourth novel, Ellen in Pieces, the tale of a 40-something single mother whose life has not gone according to plan… Adderson excels at portraying life in all its glorious, devastating, unpredictable messiness." -The Toronto Star

"[I]n her new novel for adults, Caroline Adderson slowly and exquisitely peels back the layers of her title character's unforgivably blunt and tenderly nuanced story, revealing a woman whose life is fraught with contradictions and marked by joys and tragedies. It's ultimately a story about love - the blissful, messy, uplifting, crushing, healing, selfish, and selfless love that holds people together and tears them apart." -Quill and Quire (starred review)

"A splendid novel. Earthy, funny, complex, striking with its prismatic form, and wholly absorbing, Ellen in Pieces showcases Caroline Adderson's mastery of language, tone, and storytelling as she turns her empathetic gaze to a messy, cut-short life of contradictions, missteps, and deeply felt fulfillment." -The Georgia Straight

"Ellen in Pieces nails it. Life is messy. Like time, it's unstoppable. It's a maze that plays tricks on you. It's family, friends and lovers. The past is in the present, the present is all over the place, the future problematic. It's a woman's story and a universal story." -The Vancouver Sun