The Juliet Stories
By Carrie Snyder
In the tradition of Alice Munro, an ambitious coming of age novel-in-stories set against the backdrop of the political turmoil in 1980s Nicaragua.
'a coming-of-age tale about the painful and wonderful experiences of motherhood... a compelling novel told in the most beautifully crafted way, and the frequent lapse into disjointed stream of consciousness renders the style close to that of Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. It is a wonderful rarity when a book leaves you so profoundly affected' - We Love This Book
Juliet Friesen is ten years old when her family moves to Nicaragua. It is 1984, the height of Nicaragua's post-revolutionary war, and the peace-activist Friesens have come to protest American involvement. In the midst of this tumult, Juliet's family lives outside of the boundaries of ordinary life. They've escaped, and the ordinary rules don't apply. Threat is pervasive, danger is real, but the extremity of the situation also produces a kind of euphoria, protecting Juliet's family from its own cracks and conflicts.
When Juliet's younger brother becomes sick with cancer, their adventure ends abruptly. The Friesens return to Canada only to find that their lives beyond Nicaragua have become the war zone.
One by one, they drift from each other, and Juliet grows to adulthood, pulled between her desire to live a free life like the one she remembers in Nicaragua, and her desire to build for her own children a life more settled than her parents could provide.
With laser-sharp prose and breathtaking insight, these stories herald Carrie Snyder as one of Canada's most prodigiously talented writers.
Carrie Snyder is the author of two books of short fiction. Her second, The Juliet Stories, soon to be published by Two Roads, was a finalist for Canada's Governor General's Award and a Globe and Mail Top 100 book. Girl Runner, her debut novel, has been shortlisted for the Rogers Writers' Trust Fiction Prize.
Carrie lives in Waterloo, Ontario with her family and blogs as Obscure CanLit Mama.
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08 Oct 2015
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a coming-of-age tale about the painful and wonderful experiences of motherhood with the traits typical of a bildungsroman; friendship, love, sex and heartbreak... This is a compelling novel told in the most beautifully crafted way, and the frequent lapse into disjointed stream of consciousness renders the style close to that of Eimear McBride's A Girl is a Half-Formed Thing. Snyder's storytelling is powerful to the point of creating an all-encompassing reality... It is a wonderful rarity when a book leaves you so profoundly affected. — We Love This Book
mature and powerful... Snyder maintains an engaging blog called Obscure CanLit Mama, but if there's any justice she'll soon have the option of dropping that first word — Montreal Gazette
well-crafted and imaginative... Snyder's tone and style is vivid and compelling — Globe and Mail
a moving story, beautifully told — Quill & Quire
Fans of The Poisonwood Bible by Barbara Kingsolver and Paul Theroux's The Mosquito Coast will love this one — Chatelaine
excellent... Snyder has an uncanny ability to make the unfamiliar intensely knowable ... [The Juliet Stories is] pitted with a surplus of lovely land mines of revelation, aha moments exploding into wonderful, sometimes profoundly sad, insights — Telegraph Journal
subtle and deft — National Post (Canada)
Snyder is phenomenal here, crafting some of the most striking images and beautiful sentences that you will likely read all year. The Juliet Stories is not to be missed — Coast
sparkle[s] with nuance and thoughtfulness... engaging... terrific — Edmonton Journal
a stream of sensual imagery that grows more sophisticated with each page... The Juliet Stories highlights the lessons we learn in youth and with age, and the conflict between the freedom we value and the security we desperately need — Walrus Magazine
Similar to [Virginia] Woolf in style, Snyder's stream-of-consciousness prose gives the reader a view of Nicaragua from the inside... you may find yourself pleasantly challenged (and enchanted) by Snyder's impressionistic language and plot fragmented by time and geography — Winnipeg Review