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ISBN 13: 978-1-55017-290-4
ISBN 10: 1-55017-290-5
6 x 9 - 384 pp
October 2002
CAD$24.95 • USD$24.95

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In this funny and heart-wrenching new novel by Anne Cameron - bestselling author and veteran warts-and-all chronicler of the contemporary West Coast family - the characters grapple with the very meaning of the word “family,” just by living their lives.

Book Description

Of the six grown-up siblings at the heart of the story, one lives with children she and her husband produced; one has children by more than one father, including three brothers she calls the Three Wise Men; and one has a foster child whose short past is too unbearable to contemplate.

The others don’t have families - unless you count the eccentric brother who takes on the bad-girl niece because she sees the same ghosts he does, or the sister and her woman lover who end up co-parenting a troubled little boy, or the other sister who mothers some of her kids’ half-siblings when their “real” mother takes off without warning.

And just to keep everyone on their toes, there are regular but unpredictable appearances by the squeyanx, a character related to no one and to everyone, part ghost, part trickster, part Greek chorus, who is visible only to those who want to see.