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Memoir of a Good Death by Anne Sorbie

Memoir of a Good Death by Anne Sorbie

Memoir of a Good Death is a book about life! The story will take you on a journey and bring you home; the characters will make you laugh and invite you to cry. It’s one of the few books that features Calgary in such loving and honest detail.

Memoir of a Good Death is also the story of the ties that bind a mother to a daughter and the dynamics that govern their love. Shaped as a memoir, shared by Sarah Flett and her daughter Rhegan, the narrative begins with the death of Sarah’s husband and builds in complexity with the sudden death of Rhegan.

As Rhegan speaks from beyond the grave, her life is revealed in unexpected ways to her mother. And as Rhegan reconstructs her past and her memories of the last six months of her life, their impact and energy become one with her mother’s own remembering. This unheralded reconnection forms the nexus of the novel. It becomes their shared memoir. Through it the reader is invited into the intricacies of grieving and the irreducible nature of mother-daughter love.

Praise for Memoir of a Good Death

Memoir of a Good Death was on the Calgary Herald bestseller list for 4 weeks.

In a personal note Robert Kroetsch wrote, “Memoir is a gift to us all…” October 2010.

“When the dead speak we must listen. Anne Sorbie’s dead and eloquent narrator is full of wild humour, pain, rebellion, compassion, wisdom. And she tells a wickedly good story.”  ~ Robert Kroetsch

“Just like Clint Eastwood’s new film Hearafter, the novel Memoir of a Good Death explores the aferlife…” ~ The Calgary Herald

“The entire novel [is] as winding and tumultuous and unpredictable as the Bow River itself…the ending is wholly absorbing, absolutely riveting…” ~ Alberta Views

“This is a highly literary novel that I could easily see standing the test of time…” ~ The Canadian Book Review

“Anne Sorbie’s novel is of duality and contrasts, of landscapes…of the natural world, both beautifully breathtaking and so ferocious it takes ones breath away, of death and living, of grieving and celebrating, of holding on and letting go…” ~ FreeFall Magazine

“In an unusual approach that works surprisingly well…people’s lives can be so linked to a place or landscape that even their death is inextricably joined to the identity of place…” ~ Canadian Rocky Mountain Outlook

“Memoir of a Good Death follows the grand tradition of Robert Kroetsch and Aritha van Herk and uses landscape to full effect…sometimes calm, sometimes restless, sometimes downright violent…” ~ Kim McCullough (Fernie Bound Blog)

About the Author

Anne Sorbie was born in Paisley, Scotland and she lives and writes in Calgary. Her fiction has appeared in literary journals such as Geist, and Other Voices, and her poetry, in the 2008 anthology, Home and AwayMemoir of a Good Death is her first novel.

Read an INTERVIEW with Anne Sorbie

Portions of the above description are © copyright Thistledown Press, 2011


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