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by Lisa Moore

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FREE shipping on qualifying offers. February is Lisa Moore’s heart-stopping follow-up to her debut novel, Alligator, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Caribbean and Canadian region. Propelled by a local tragedy.

But Lisa Moore does not allow her characters to wallow in their grief nor does her book at any time descend into sentimentality.

Winner of Canada Reads 2013 and longlisted for the Man Booker PrizeIn. But Lisa Moore does not allow her characters to wallow in their grief nor does her book at any time descend into sentimentality. Her characters are tough as befits the reputation of Newfoundlanders. Helen O Mara and her children work through their daily battles and emerge stronger human beings.

Canadian novelist Lisa Moore. Photograph: Murdo Macleod. At . 0am on 15 February, the crew was forced to abandon ship, evacuating in the pitch dark into bitter seas churned by 90-knot winds. On Valentine's day 1982, the Ocean Ranger oil rig was carrying out routine exploratory drilling off the coast of Newfoundland when reports came in of heavy weather heading in its direction. It took three days to be certain the men were all dead," remembers Helen, the unlikely, unwilling heroine of Lisa Moore's novel of the real-life disaster, whose husband, Cal, was among the Ranger's 84 crew-members. People hoped for three days.

There is a stainless steel cone to catch the spray of orange sparks that fly up. A deep grinding noise grows shrill and she thinks: Johnny is coming home r fingers; John had phoned last ni. . A deep grinding noise grows shrill and she thinks: Johnny is coming home r fingers; John had phoned last night from the Singapore airport. The roar of a plane landing in the background. She’d sat up on one elbow, grabbed the receiver. Her grandson Timmy stands before the bubblegum dispenser, transfixed. There is a cardboard sign written in pen promising a free skate sharpening if you get a black jawbreaker.

Internationally acclaimed author Lisa Moore offers us a remarkable new novel about a man who escapes from prison to embark upon one of the most ambitious pot-smuggling adventures ever attempted. Here are bravado and betrayal, bad weather and seas, love, undercover agents, the collusion of governments, unbridled ambition, innocence and the loss thereof, and many, many bales of marijuana. Here, too, is the seeming invincibility of youth and all the folly that it allows.

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of Alligator, winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the . Both books were bestsellers in Canada. Lisa Moore lives with her husband and two children in St John's, Newfoundland.

Lisa Moore is the acclaimed author of Alligator, winner of the Commonwealth Prize for Canada and the Caribbean, a finalist for the Giller Prize and longlisted for the Orange Prize. Her story collection Open was also a finalist for the Giller.

February: Lisa Moore. AT THE start of this skilfully structured novel Helen, a 56-year-old widow, receives a phone call from her son John, who announces that he is going to be a father. PUBLISHED: 00:00, Fri, Feb 5, 2010. This news provokes Helen to remember another phone call 26 years earlier, which indirectly reported the death of her husband Cal after a large wave crashed into his oil rig off Newfoundland

Born in St. John's, Newfoundland, Moore studied art first at College of the North Atlantic in her home province and then at the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design. Although she had intended to follow a career in the visual arts, she now writes full-time.

Lisa Moore's heart-warming second novel is domestic fiction at its finest, exploring the family's lives over the .

Lisa Moore's heart-warming second novel is domestic fiction at its finest, exploring the family's lives over the subsequent 25 years with a wealth of telling, unexpected but absolutely true detail that is worthy of her compatriot, the late Carol Shields.

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This book is one of the 5 selections for CBC Radio's "Canada Reads" 2013 program. I love the program because it introduces me to books I might not otherwise read. This book is an example; lately my reading of choice has been more non-fiction, or new releases in ongoing series of detective novels, but once a year "Canada Reads" broadens my horizons.

I found it to be an immensely human and moving account of one family; one woman's journey back to life after losing her husband to the Ocean Ranger disaster (sinking of an oil rig off Newfoundland).

I found the style of the novel to be intriguing; the character's thoughts, sometimes disjointed and rambling and spanning different periods of time, very effectively put me into the middle of their lives, their choices, and their pain, in a way that more traditional prose could not. I lived and breathed this story and found it hard to put down. The interspersing of bits of rote activities into the narrative, such as yoga, making dinner, sewing, gave a realism to the story, and as a result, stirred my empathy and connected me to the characters.

So far this is my favourite of this year's Canada Reads choices; and I am thrilled to be introduced to a new author (new to me) that I will continue to follow.

The side of me that loves non-fiction was looking for some more detail on the Ocean Ranger disaster, but I can continue that on the side. This book was about the human impact in miniature; how one family was impacted/torn apart, and how they painfully put themselves back together, so much as was possible.
The Sphinx of Driz
"February," by the Canadian writer Lisa Moore, is a lovely book. The title derives from the February, 1982, sinking of the oil-drilling rig Ocean Ranger in the North Atlantic. Helen O'Mara, the novel's protagonist, loses her husband Cal in a disaster (there were no survivors) later attributed to flaws in safety, design, and crew training. Some things never change.

Set in Newfoundland, the story of Helen and Cal shifts in time. The novel flashes back to their courtship and marriage, shifts to the moment when Helen learns that she has lost her husband, moves forward to her current life as a widow in her mid-fifties. Woven into this is a minor thread: the relationship of Helen's adult son John and Jane, a woman he meets while traveling. The novel is constructed as a series of cameos: Helen and Cal on their honeymoon; Helen listening to her father-in-law describe his identification of Cal's body; Helen being stood up in a bar as she waits for someone she has met through an online dating service. Her life is mundane, but her thoughts are not. Ceaselessly, she retraces the mechanics (which were actually detailed in a government report) of the sinking of the Ocean Ranger: was Cal asleep when it happened? was he playing cards? was he thinking of Helen and his four children? when did he know he was going to die?

While this is a novel about grief, it is also a novel about life. Helen's kids grow up; the bank threatens to take the house; the yoga teacher instructs Helen in mindfulness. The philosophical bent of the novel moves it far away from the genre of commercial women's fiction. It is a novel for anyone who has ever muddled through sorrow, and it well deserves its place on the 2010 Man Booker long list.
M. Feldman
This is my first discovery of Lisa Moore; what an extraordinary writer. The book explores the interior lives of two characters, Helen and John, a mother and son (other characters are rendered in wonderfully acute detail). I can understand why some readers might feel impatience with the patchwork style of writing, but I found it endlessly fascinating and real, the way real thoughts and feelings move from place to place and back again (and not in a meandering way. There's purpose and motivation in the way thoughts move in this book). Moore seems to have an unerring sense of how people's emotions move through the body and she is precise and beautiful in her descriptions. I found this book very powerful. 4 stars rather than 5 because the son is described by the mother in ways I didn't find true in his behavior, and I can't tell if that's purposeful or a gap in the writing. There's something missing there. And the ending feels rushed and not entirely satisfying (Helen's sister Louise was left out of the end, for one thing, which seems a terrible oversight, unless I missed something about her earlier on. And John's story leaves us hanging terribly). But the son carries within his narrative a sense of hope that was lost when his father died (as experienced by his mother), and I find that idea exquisitely moving. Very glad to have found this author.
I have read Lisa Moore before and I do enjoy her style but I feel that you, at the very least, have to be from Newfoundland to "get" this book. I am a Newfoundlander from St. John's and I am glad I read it but it was far from excellent. The dishes should have been piling up in the sink while I read a story about The Ocean Ranger Disaster but that didn't happen with "February". I am not sorry I read it but I was hoping for much more.
This is a story about grief. Overwhelming, mind numbing grief. Bereavement counsellors would call this story a story about complicated grief. Complicated grief is where life is suddenly cut short due to homicide or accident, or where the person who is grieving had a uncomfortable relationship with the deceased and the passing left things unresolved. The main character is Helen, whose husband died in the Ocean Ranger disaster. They had a passionate relationship. There are the children of that relationship who matter and don't matter. This is a story of self-protection, guilt, memory and new love. This is an excellent portrait of the grieving process. Life is smashed and you get to see the pieces. There are repetitions where some pieces are examined over and over. There is never acceptance, just fading memories. Guilt. This novel won the Canada Reads prize for 2013 and it is well deserved. [...]
February download epub
Author: Lisa Moore
ISBN: 0099546280
Category: No category
Language: English
Publisher: Vintage Books USA (February 1, 2011)