Little Sister: A Novel

Category: Book
By (author): Gowdy, Barbara
Subject:  FICTION / Canadian
  FICTION / Family Life
  FICTION / Literary
  FICTION / Thrillers / Psychological
Audience: general/trade
Publisher: HarperCollins
Published: October 2017
Format: Book-paperback
Pages: 312
Size: 8.00in x 5.31in x 0.70in
Our Price:
$ 18.99
Available to order

Additional Notes

From The Publisher*

The farthest place you can go is closer than you can imagine.

Rose is a sensible woman, thirty-four years old. Together with her widowed mother, Fiona, she runs a small repertory cinema in a big city. Fiona is in the early stages of dementia and is beginning to make painful references to Rose's sister, Ava, who died young in an accident.

It is high summer, and a band of storms, unusual for their frequency and heavy downpour, is rolling across the city. Something unusual is also happening to Rose. As the storms break overhead, she loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams-not only about being someplace else, but also of living someone else's life.

Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inside the body of another woman? Disturbed and entranced, she tries to find out what is happening to her.

Like The White Bone, Gowdy's international bestseller, Little Sister is a fictional tour de force. As the author explores the limits of the human mind, the result is an impassioned tale of one woman's determination to help a woman she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she has always felt responsible.

Review Quote*"ELECTRIFYING ... Gowdy sucks readers into this suspenseful, supernatural story like a strong wind in a squall."
Review Quote*"Highly readable prose, an intriguing premise, and vivid storytelling."
Review Quote*"Gowdy's new novel weaves an inventive, spellbinding tale of loss, regret, and redemption that takes a heartfelt look at what it means to be a mother, daughter, and sister… A thrilling, captivating exploration of guilt, the female psyche, and the bonds of womanhood."
Review Quote*"[Little Sister] is fun and funny and can frequently startle you, breaking your heart with the lovingly observed minutia of everyday experience… Little Sister is all depth and grace and yet never more than a sentence away from a playful nudge in the ribs."  
Review Quote*"Her tender, and occasionally funny, portrayal of Rose explores the boundaries of the human soul and those responsibilities that weigh upon us as much if not more than it explores the boundaries of the human mind...Recommended."
Review Quote*"Barbara Gowdy's portrayal of oddball family ‘shimmers on the page'… As always, Gowdy tells a great story in a commanding voice. In addition, this time around she introduces a new device that allows her to explore rich and rewarding territory."
Review Quote*"The release of any book by Barbara Gowdy qualifies as a literary event... Little Sister takes the inventiveness of its predecessors and ups the ante"
Review Quote*"[Gowdy] maintains her judicious mixture of warmth and weirdness."
Review Quote*"Little Sister… marks the return, after the longest break of her career, of one of the most inventive and important writers Canada has ever produced."