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Delivery by Betty Jane Hegerat

Delivery by Betty Jane HegeratDelivery, by Betty Jane Hegerat. Oolichan Books, 2009. 306 pp.

Set on Quadra Island on Canada’s west coast where a desperate grandmother has fled with her infant granddaughter under her arm, Delivery explores the emotional maelstrom of an unplanned pregnancy, and an abrupt mid-life transition.

Lynn Howard has just begun to appreciate the freedom of her new single status and the empty nest when Heather, her acerbic, self-centered twenty-year-old daughter an­nounces that she is pregnant. Heather decides that adoption is the practi­cal solution. After the baby is born, stunned and furious to find her heart at war with her head, she declares that she needs more time and she and her baby come home to stay with Lynn. Three weeks later, Heather sud­denly insists that Lynn deliver the baby to her adoptive parents before that resolve weakens again.

And this is where the novel begins. Lynn can no more make that delivery than she could give away her own first child, so she stows Beegee in a laundry basket, straps her into the back of the car and drives west out of Calgary.

As Delivery alternates between Lynn’s and Heather’s point-of-view, Lynn tends to her small tyrant of a granddaughter and broods over all that she has learned in a passive life. Heather makes her way from Calgary to her mother’s island hideaway wrestling with the stark choices involved in deciding her daughter’s future.

Praise for Delivery

“Hegerat writes with fine and dazzling precision, a keen attention to language, and provides a beautiful rendering of both Lynn and Heather’s interior voices. She shifts easily from present to past and back to present, managing to show how the weight of previous experiences flicker into consciousness to inform and shape the current moments of her characters’ lives. She manages to give us real and very ordinary female characters who nevertheless shimmer on the page.” Feminist Review

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