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February doesn't grow old

February, Lisa Moore (Anansi)

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For 25 years, Helen O'Mara has been living with the ghost of her husband Carl, who died, along with 83 other men in 1982 when the off-shore oil rig Ocean Ranger sank off the coast of Newfoundland. A historically true story that shattered many lives, Moore filters a painful event through one woman and her family. Like her first novel Alligator, Moore shifts between time-frames and character perspectives---Helen's son John is facing impending parenthood with a relative stranger and Helen is trying to move forward with her own life---but there's an emotional resonance in February that was lacking in Alligator, and the chronology moves are less distracting. Above all, Moore is a master of language: she's economical but every bloody word is so damn perfect and void of cliche. A beautiful love story and a poignant reminder that sensuality and desire doesn't end at 25 years old.

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