The Winter Vault

Author(s): Anne Michaels
Awards:2009-Fiction-Shortlist-Scotiabank Giller Prize
Original Publish Date: Jun 04, 2009
eAudio - unabridged
Audio (10.38 hours)
Product Number: Z10005038
Released: Jun 04, 2009
Business Term: Purchase
ISBN: #9781400192458
Narrator/s: Karen White
Publisher: Tantor Media, Inc
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In 1964, a newly married Canadian couple settle into a houseboat on the Nile just below Abu Simbel. Avery is one of the engineers responsible for the dismantling and reconstruction of the temple, a "machine-worshipper" who is nonetheless sensitive to their destructive power. Jean is a botanist by vocation, passionately interested in everything that grows. They met on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, witnessing the construction of the Seaway as it swallowed towns, homes, and lives. Now, at the edge of another world about to be inundated, they create their own world, exchanging "the innocent memories we don't know we hold until given the gift of the eagerness of another." But when tragedy strikes, they return to separate lives in Toronto: Avery to school to study architecture; and Jean into the orbit of Lucjan, a Polish emigre artist whose haunting tales of occupied Warsaw pull her further from Avery but offer her the chance to assume her most essential life. Stunning in its explorations of both the physical and emotional worlds of its characters, intensely moving and lyrical, The Winter Vault is a radiant work of fiction.

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Author(s): Anne Michaels
Product Number EB00169823
Released: Dec 30, 2013
Business Term: 2 Year
Publisher: Vintage
ISBN: #9780307271532

Professional reviews

"Karen White highlights the lyrical writing in poet Anne Michaels's first novel. Set in Egypt in 1964, the story revolves around Avery and Jean, a Canadian engineer and his botanist wife, who are living on a houseboat as Avery helps manage the disassembly and reassembly of Abu Simbel temple before a dam is built. Avery is obsessed with his wife and with the raw power of his work--taking apart a massive temple; Jean is obsessed with the flood that will occur. Michaels has written a moody story of loss and renewal that often reads like prose poetry. White's narration honors the author's elegiac, romantic voice, while also lifting the narrative when, on occasion, it slows just a bit too much. A.C.S. (c) AudioFile 2010, Portland, Maine"

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