(From the publisher):
The Case of Lena S. follows the life, loves, and coming-of-age of sixteen-year-old Mason Crowe during a year in which he will learn what it truly means to be in the world. At the centre of the novel is Lena, a troubled girl who has "chosen" Mason and will teach him something of desire and despair. Impulsive, provocative, vulnerable, and sad, Lena becomes haunting for Mason in ways he does not always understand. We meet Masonís first "love," an older girl destined for an arranged marriage; his mother, who takes a lover; and a wise and erudite blind man with a voyeuristic streak, to whom Mason reads. Playful, and with deadpan humour, the novel brilliantly captures the yearnings of youth, as well as the tantalizing possibilities and the confounding absurdities that sometimes lie at the heart of our most intimate relationships.
Original title: The Case of Lena S.
Genre: Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Youth (rebellion, Angst, Coming Of Age)
- Finalist for the Governor General's Award for English language fiction
- Finalist for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction
- Received the Carol Shields Winnipeg Book Award
- Finalist for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award