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A Globe & Mail 100 Selection
Helen Humphreys’ younger brother was gone before she could come to terms with the fact that he had terminal cancer. Diagnosed with stage 4B pancreatic cancer at the age of forty-five, he died four months later, leaving behind a grieving family. Martin was an extraordinary pianist who debuted at the Royal Festival Hall in London at the age of twenty, later becoming a piano teacher and senior examiner at the Royal Conservatory of Music. The two siblings, though often living far apart, were bonded on many levels.
Now Humphreys has written a deeply felt, haunting memoir both about and for her brother. Speaking directly to him, she lays bare their secrets, their disagreements, their early childhood together, their intense though unspoken love for each other. A memoir of grief, an honest self-examination in the face of profound pain, this poetic, candid and intimate book is an offering not only to the memory of Martin but to all those who are living through the death of family and friends.
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HELEN HUMPHREYS’s memoir, Nocturne, was widely acclaimed, and her most recent novel, The Reinvention of Love, was a national bestseller. Coventry was a New York Times Editors’ Choice, a Globe and Mail Best Book of the Year and a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. Humphreys won the the Rogers Writers’ Trust Fiction Prize for Afterimage and the Toronto Book Award for Leaving Earth; her much-loved novel, The Lost Garden, was a Canada Reads selection. The recipient of the Harbourfront Festival Prize for literary excellence, Humphreys lives in Kingston, Ontario.
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Book Description Harpercollins / Harper Collins, Toronto, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. First edition first printing of the book based on the accounting the life and death of Helen Humphreys brother, Martin. SIGNED by the author on the title page. In fine / fine unread condition. Language: eng. Signed by Author(s). Seller Inventory # 15162
Book Description Phyllis Bruce Books, 2013. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M1443415456