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Book Title: Where We Have to Go|
Date of issue: June 16th 2009
ISBN 13: 9780771044908
The author of the book: Lauren Kirshner
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 469 KB
Edition: Emblem Editions
Read full description of the books Where We Have to Go:Named NOW Magazine’s Best Emerging Local Author
Where We Have to Go is a luminous and sassy first novel about the last days of childhood in a family coming apart at the seams. At once wryly humorous and deeply affecting, this sparkling novel follows the irresistible Lucy Bloom as she searches for her place in the world.
When we first meet Lucy, she’s an imaginative eleven-year-old dreaming of a taste of freedom — and only beginning to grasp that all is not well between her parents. In the years that follow, Lucy’s journey to adulthood will see her question the limits of unconditional love, grow “criminally thin” as she stops eating, and discover complicated truths about what it means to be a young woman. Through it all, the central figure in Lucy’s life remains her mother, Joy, whose larger-than-life stories and boisterous voice belie a deep disappointment. As their relationship is tested again and again, Lucy comes to understand the resilience of the bonds that tie us to the ones we love.
Among the characters we meet are Lucy’ s father, Frank, a failed glamour photographer turned travel agent who’s never been out of the country; her best friend, Erin, an artist whose outspoken iconoclasm will inspire and challenge Lucy; and Crashing Wave, Frank’s lover, a former exotic dancer and the woman Lucy comes to imagine as the ideal of all that is feminine.
Set in Toronto throughout the 1990s, Where We Have to Go is a novel of self-discovery, family, and love. It introduces Lauren Kirshner as one of our most striking new voices, and reminds us that sometimes the most difficult journey is the one that takes us home.
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Named "Toronto's Best Emerging Author" by NOW Magazine, Lauren Kirshner's debut novel Where We Have to Go was a finalist for the 2010 City of Toronto Book Award and called "a very strong original debut" by The Globe and Mail. The story of an exceptional girl's coming-of-age in 1990s Toronto, Where We Have to Go was published in translation in The Netherlands and Germany, and is forthcoming in the US in 2012.
Lauren’s other writing, including features, arts reviews, and poems have appeared in newspapers and literary journals across Canada including ELLE, Chatelaine,Now, The Hart House Review, and Exile. Her creative non-fiction chapter “Twenty Poems for Claudia” appeared in the paper documentary I Live Here, published by Pantheon in 2008, and was called "beautifully composed" by rabble.ca. You can read more about Lauren's writing at www.lauren-kirshner.com.
Lauren is a graduate of The University of Toronto’s Masters of English in the Field of Creative Writing, where she was mentored by Margaret Atwood.
Lauren was born in Toronto, where she continues to live and write. She is currently at work on her second novel.
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