What Remains of Elsie Jane

Category: Book
By (author): Wakelyn, Chelsea
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Contemporary Women
  FICTION / Family Life
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: Dundurn Press
Published: January 2023
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 264
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in x 1.00in
Our Price:
$ 24.99
Availability:
Available: 31 Jan 2023

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

"A poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, weird, and heartbreaking window into being bereft and being in loveā€¦ a striking reminder that there can be beauty in devastation." - EMILY AUSTIN, author of Everyone in This Room Will Someday Be DeadA heartbreaking and darkly funny portrait of a woman unravelling in the wake of tragedy.Sam is dead, which means that Elsie Jane has just lost the brilliant, sensitive man she planned to grow old with. The early days of grief are a fog of work and single parenting. Too restless to sleep, Elsie pores over Sam's old love letters, paces her house, and bickers with the ghosts of Sam and her dead parents night after night. As the year unfolds, she develops an obsession with a local murder mystery, attends a series of disastrous internet dates in search of a "replacement soulmate," and solicits a space-time wizard via Craigslist, convinced he will help her forge a path through the cosmos back to Sam.Examining the ceaseless labour of motherhood, the stigma of death by drug poisoning, and the allure of magical thinking in the wake of tragedy, What Remains of Elsie Jane is a heart-splitting reminder that grief is born from the depths of love.A RARE MACHINES BOOK

From The Publisher*A single mother has just lost her soulmate, who has died unexpectedly. She tries to date too soon, confused by her grief, and she starts to unravel. Is she really capable of time travel, or is she going a little nuts?
Review Quote*To read What Remains of Elsie Jane is to encounter a raw, sometimes angry, and always messy grief. Wakelyn captures a woman falling apart and putting herself back together in the dynamic voice of her complicated protagonist. In her multiverse-curious widowhood, Elsie is unrelentingly hopeful without being cheerful, loving without being good.
Review Quote*What Remains of Elsie Jane reads like a side-splitting obituary. A poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, weird, and heartbreaking window into being bereft and being in love. This book is a striking reminder that there can be beauty in devastation.
Review Quote*A poignant, laugh-out-loud funny, weird, and heartbreaking window into being bereft and being in love.
Biographical NoteChelsea Wakelyn is a writer, musician, and mother to two lovely, eccentric humans. She lives on Vancouver Island.