Abra is a beautifully written and sensitive novel about a woman who completely rejects her life as wife and mother to become a hermit. Abra achieves the peace she abandoned all for, accomplishing harmony of spirit and being. Everything is challenged, however, when Abra is sought out and confronted by the daughter she deserted, now an adult dealing with the pain and desperation left over from childhood. Abra`s daughter, Katie, is intent on convincing Abra that she must return to the world she rejected years before. Set in an isolated cabin, with no mirrors, no clock but the rhythm of nature, this is the novel for anyone who has ever imagined a life free from the demands of any other human, a life of responsibility only to oneself, a life of unshared joy and danger, weakness and strength. Abra was the Winner of the Books in Canada First Novel Award in 1978.
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Joan Barfoot is an award-winning novelist whose work has been compared internationally with that of Anne Tyler, Carol Shields, Margaret Drabble and Margaret Atwood. Her novels include Luck in 2005, nominated for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, as well as Abra, which won the Books in Canada first novels award, Dancing in the Dark, which became an award-winning Canadian entry in the Cannes and Toronto Film Festivals, Duet for Three, Family News, Plain Jane, Charlotte and Claudia Keeping in Touch, Some Things About Flying, and Getting Over Edgar. Her 2001 novel, Critical Injuries, was longlisted for the 2002 Man Booker Prize and shortlisted for the 2001 Trillium Book Award. In 1992 she was given the Marian Engel Award. Also a journalist during much of her career, she lives in London, Ontario, Canada.
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Book Description McGraw-Hill Ryerson, 1978. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. First Edition. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0070827400
Book Description Book Condition: Brand New. Book Condition: Brand New. Bookseller Inventory # 97800708274001.0