Rebecca was born in the Maelstrom, but you're perhaps not so prepared for the swirling, crushing vortex of Marie-Claire Blais' latest offering. Her GG Award-winner, composed in one paragraph and with pages-long sentences, is as clear as the Income Tax Act. It's the fourth novel in a series, which could be to blame for my confusion. But there's something more going on. Blais' flowing, snapshot images are mouth-wateringly vivid, while time, place or plot are difficult to pinpoint. What you're left with is a poignant and stirring feeling of chaos.