Two Russian cousins seek to heal the wounds that push the bones of their dead to the surface. An accomplished journalist uses scalding teabags to tame memory and guilt over her role in the fall of a Tiger Moth from fog. The victim of a brutal rape, abandoned to madness, finds solace in her spectral child. A 19th-century British officer is afflicted with a demon and must grapple with complicity in a tiny village on the Rideau Canal where, generations later, numb parents struggle with the disappearance of their daughters.
The Shadow Side of Grace
Michelle Butler Hallett
Michelle Butler Hallett was born in St. John's, NL, in 1971, and grew up in St. John's, Pasadena, Paradise and Conception Bay South. She studied English at Carleton University in Ottawa, returning to St. John's with her husband in 1999 to raise a family. Butler Hallett is working on a screenplay adaptation of some of her short stories, a stage play, and her next novel.One or two things about MichelleHair: Moody.Eyes: Green edged with grey.Married: Yes.Children: Two.Tattoos: One with each book contract.Bad habits: Nail-biting, profanity, geeking out with sci-fi movies while ironing clothes .Five works that made me forget everything I supposedly knew about writing and start over: Beowulf (translated by Seamus Heaney), Edward II by Christopher Marlowe, "Late Encounter with the Enemy" by Flannery O'Connor, Metamorphoses byOvid (translated by Mary M. Innes), Senor Vivo and the Coca Lord by Louis de BernieresMusic that feeds my head: J.S. Bach, Kate Bush, John Coltrane, Chris Cornell, Amelia Curran, Ani diFranco, Steve Earle, Peter Gabriel, Blair Harvey, Kronos Quartet, Dmitri ShostakovichThree favourite books growing up: A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle, Harriet the Spy by Louise Fitzhugh, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice SendakFive vexing novels I admire: The Castle by Franz Kafka (translated by Willa and Edwin Muir), JR by William Gaddis, Lives of Short Duration by David Adams Richards, Moby-Dick by Herman Melville, W uthering Heightsby Emily BronteThree stories that scare the hell out of me: "A Country Doctor" by Franz Kafka (translated by Willa and Edwin Muir), "A Good Man is Hard to Find" by Flannery O'Connor, "Croatoan" by Harlan EllisonNine poems that make my heart beat faster: "Ariel" by Sylvia Plath , "The Beautiful" by Michael Crummey, "Dark Night of the Soul" by San Juan de la Cruz as arranged by Loreena McKennitt (no translator credit), "Demons" by Pat Lowther, "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "Musee des Beaux Arts" by W.H. Auden, "My Last Duchess" by Robert Browning, Untitled ("And in books, I always liked") by Anna Akhmatova (translated by Lyn Coffin), "Words in the Mourning Time" by Robert HaydenWhat I want to do with my fiction: try to show what it means to be alive.