A Novel

eBook - 2014
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In 1919, only months after the end of the Great War, the men and women of Deseronto struggle to recover from wounds of the past. Kenan, a young soldier who has returned from the war damaged and disfigured, confines himself to his small house on the Bay of Quinte. His wife, Tress, attempting to adjust to the trauma that overwhelms her husband and which has changed their marriage, seeks advice from her Aunt Maggie. Maggie, along with her husband, Am, who cares for the town clock tower, have their own sorrows. Maggie finds joy in her friendship with a local widow and in the Choral Society started by Lukas, a music director who has moved to the town from an unknown place in war-torn Europe. While rehearsing and performing, Maggie rediscovers a part of herself that she had long set aside.
Publisher: Toronto : HarperCollins Canada, c2014
ISBN: 9781443406949
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Alternative Title: Tell


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Historical novel set in a small Ontario town in 1919. Canadian author.

This haunting Canadian novel captures the aimlessness and despair a generation felt after the horrors of World War I (1914-1918). In 1919, the men and women of Deseronto, Ontario struggle to recover from their physical and mental wounds. A young soldier returns from the war damaged and disfigured... Read More »

Itani’s new novel is a book about secrets within the small Ontario town of Deseronto. Set in 1919, Itani’s post-war novel features a disfigured war veteran (Kenan) and his wife (Tress) adjusting to the emotional changes in their marriage, a middle aged couple related to Tress living with their ow... Read More »

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Mar 30, 2020

It gave me an idea of how life was in Ontario around the time of world war one; many people lived on farms and/or in small towns at that time. I also enjoyed Deafening by the same author.

Feb 14, 2020

This story is set in Ontario after the Great War. It is the story of Kenan and Tress, that of Maggie, Am and Lukas and several other characters. It is a story of the horror of war but it is also a story of music and love. The book has a surprise ending and I loved reading it.

Aug 06, 2018

Set immediately after World War, this book focuses on returning soldier Kenan and his difficulty rue-entering a world marred by his injuries and psychological problems. It also focuses on. Maggie, a woman who comes alive while practicing for a Christmas concert, reviving her wonderful talent as a soprano. The book is a bit slow at times but each chapter unveils layer upon layer of each character’s past struggles. A quick read, especially in the summer.

lotuslori_8 Dec 27, 2017

I found the first 2/3 of the novel ho-hum, but as the long hidden feelings of the characters began to reveal themselves their stories became much more interesting. In the end, I did enjoy the book.

Nov 16, 2015

A nice book; it gives you a feel of the life of people in Ontario a round the first world war.

Jan 25, 2015

Disappointing as a follow-up to Deafening.

Jan 10, 2015

"I suppose that's the stuff we are made of, stories and journeys great or small, complete or incomplete, whatever gets passed on to us down the line."

Itani 'tells' well.

Jan 02, 2015

Started off well but fizzled out really.I skipped along quickly to the end.Was nominated for the Giller.

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