Book List in Order:11 titles

  • One old woman crouches in a hedge, spying on a long-ago married lover. The other is the recent widow of a lifelong philanderer. Charlotte and Claudia have had quite different lives, one a single career social worker, the other a married career mother...


  • Susannah is a journalist who considers herself something of a war correspondent from the front lines of domestic distress. Teddy, an ex-lover, is an artist and a protester on behalf of causes of peace — and the man Susannah chooses to father the ch...


  • What sort of woman sees an ad for a prison penpal and sets out to correspond with a convict she knows nothing of? It seems an unlikely number of women do exactly that in real life. In fiction, one of them is Jane Smith, an unusually withdrawn but oth...


  • From the author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize finalist 'Luck' and the Man Booker Prize nominated 'Critical Injuries'In this award-winning novel, Joan Barfoot examines the life of a woman named Abra. From her middle-class childhood in the 1950s throu...



  • You might think life in a retirement home would be a trifle boring, but in the Idyll Inn of Joan Barfoot's latest marvellous novel, not everyone feels ready for the quiet life. But wait, maybe one resident does! Oh dear. Seniors begin to settle int...


  • One woman is an ex-beauty-queen, one is a recovering addict to virtue, and one is an artist. The man of the big old house on the hill, Philip Lawrence, is suddenly dead and his departure is bound to have dramatic effects. The abruptly widowed Nora, w...


  • Critical Injuries was on both the Globe and Mail`s and Toronto Star`s best books of the year lists published in December, 2001. Isla at 49 is reveling in second chances. Her first marriage ended horrifically, but her career thrives. Her two grown chi...








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