(From the publisher):
Vibrant and illuminating, All Times Have Been Modern
tells the story of an education of the heart that becomes an education in the world, a story that opens on a summer night on the Kennebecasis River on the day that Kay, its narrator, turns thirteen. Raised in a house filled with the paintings and masks made by her parents and their bohemian friends, Kay sells a silver bowl to Alexander Oleski, a Polish émigré she meets the summer she turns twenty. They marry, then travel to Europe, where she writes a slim novel, The Dangerous Meadow
, igniting grand dreams for herself as a writer.
But fallow years follow. And when her marriage comes to an end in the 1980s, she moves from Ottawa to Montreal, hoping to escape the debris of past mistakes. But in Montreal the life she has planned for herself — a life dedicated to useful solitude and the demands of art — is interrupted when she begins a relationship with an architect she meets the following spring.
Liberating, unpredictable, All Times Have Been Modern is a virtuoso novel that offers readers a powerful critique of the sentimental pieties of the conventional love story. As it explores the confounding ways that life and fiction can collide and overlap, it also raises questions about the conflicts between love and identity, intimacy and solitude, emotional intensity and what endures.
Original title: All Times Have Been Modern
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Midlife Crises, Journeys Of Discovery
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics