Better Than Life

Better Than Life

Book - 2003
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It’s 1968 and Min is planning her 90th birthday party. Half the Connar clan isn’t speaking to the other half and the town is filled with eccentric characters whose secret and public histories are interwoven with each other and with the history of the town. Better Than Life celebrates all the blessings and bruisings of blood ties, and explores the emotional misfires that can hamper the most precious of human connections with poignancy and wry humour.

Publisher: Edmonton : NeWest Press, c2003
ISBN: 9781896300696
Branch Call Number: GUN
Characteristics: 219 p. : port. ; 22 cm


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Jul 20, 2005

Author Margaret Gunning captures the intricacies of family relationships and the pettiness of family feuds, and the essence of small-town life in this wonderfully funny book. Estranged from his siblings Eileen, Dwight and Barlow, and their complicated lives, Aubrey Connar takes care of their aging mother, Min, and tries to live down his own difficult past. When Min decides to hold a family reunion for her 90th birthday, the family is thrown into an uproar that affects their own town, Harmanville, and their arch-rival, Horgansville. Then Aubrey receives a letter from the son he never knew he had and a mysterious young man with an uncanny resemblance to Jesus Christ appears and starts performing miracles -- things begin changing faster than anyone can handle. With a large cast of characters, all of whom are real characters, BETTER THAN LIFE is a fun and quick read.

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