Speed Reads: A book club for people with limited time! All the books chosen can be read in a sitting or two.
This month's book club pick is A Blanket Against Darkness by Catherine Harton.
In these Nordic woods where the ancestors called blowing snow the sweet breath of death, an artist fashions bewitching jewels out of feathers, a man of fifty-four corresponds with the author of a bottled message thrown out to sea, another awaits the onslaught of the storm to open wide his mouth and drink it whole.
Nature flares its gills, in this book, where forgiveness is both sought after and offered. A Blanket Against Darkness bursts with stories that spring from the earth. Its relic-filled landscapes, where one single movement can set off the migration of an entire colony, are constant reminders that one is never completely alone.
Catherine Harton was born in Montreal in 1983. She has published four poetry books published by Poètes de Brousse, including Francis Bacon Apostle for which she was a finalist for the Émile-Nelligan prize, the Estuaire Bistrot-Leméac award and the Alain Grandbois prize. . In 2013, she won the Félix-Antoine Savard prize for poetry. She is also the author of a play, La mort est un musée sans tête , and a collection of short stories, Traité des Peaux , published by the Marchand du feuilles and a finalist at the 2015 Governor General's Award. holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from UQAM.
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