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Retreat, the (2008) [Novel]
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Summary (From the publisher):

In 1973, outside of Kenora, Ontario, Raymond Seymour, an eighteen-year-old Ojibway boy, is taken by a local policeman to a remote island and left for dead.

A year later, the Byrd family arrives in Kenora. They have come to stay at "the Retreat," a commune run by the self-styled guru Doctor Amos. The Doctor is an enigmatic man who spouts bewildering truisms, and who bathes naked every morning in the pond at the edge of the Retreat while young Everett Byrd watches from the bushes. Lizzy, the eldest of the Byrd children, cares for her younger brothers Fish and William, and longs for what she cannot find at the Retreat. When Lizzy meets Raymond, everything changes, and Lizzy comes to understand the real difference between Raymondís world and her own. A tragedy and a love story, the novel moves towards a conclusion that is both astonishing and heartbreaking.

Set during the summer of the Ojibway occupation of Anicinabe Park in Kenora, The Retreat is a finely nuanced, deeply felt novel that tells the story of the complicated love between a white girl and a native boy, and of a family on the verge of splintering forever. It is also a story of the bond between two brothers who were separated in childhood, and whose lives and fates intertwine ten years later.

Original title: The Retreat
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionTies That Bind
FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

Edition #1: The Retreat

The Retreat (2008)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Blurbs:
  • "David Bergen is a master of taut, spare prose thatís both erotic and hypnotic." Miriam Toews
  • "The Retreat is a powerful and engrossing novel, further proof that the late-blooming Bergen is now one of Canada's very best writers." Montreal Gazette
  • "Bergenís characters move and breathe, demonstrating the delicate balance between hope and despair, salvation and damnation." Toronto Star
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The Retreat (September 2008)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: Toronto
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart
ISBN: 9780771012532
Dimensions: 6 x 8.7 x 1 in
Pages: 328

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