A poignant and compelling novel in ten stories, by the acclaimed author of the prizewinning novel DEAFENING.
The Second World War is over when Jock moves his family to Quebec, where he lives with his wife, Maura, and their three children in a small bungalow, complains about the government, and tries to teach his children about life and poetry. But beneath the unrippled domestic surface bubble the anxieties and hopes of the women in the family.
Grounded in the texture of everyday life in the 1950s, and echoing the moods of the river itself, LEANING, LEANING OVER WATER recreates in luminous, compelling prose the lives of a family in a village in Canada on the banks of the Ottawa River.
The stories reveal, slowly and with a sureness of touch, the cluttered cares of childhood, the confusion that accompanies the coming of adulthood and stolid acceptance of unavoidable sorrow - London Free Press
Told with a relaxed combination of calm delicacy and sharp, detailed precision - Ottawa Citizen
Has great passages of lucid, emotionally stirring writing about ordinary life and childhood discoveries - Globe and Mail
'This lyrical portrait of life in postwar Canada is touchingly illustrated ' - The Times
'Itani's skill at evoking a sense of place is extraordinary... evocative, unshowy writing.' - Herald
Frances Itani is the author of a novel, four acclaimed short story collections, three poetry collections and a children's book. She won a Commonwealth Award for Deafening, which was also short-listed for the 2005 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. Her recent collection of stories, Poached Egg on Toast, won the CAA Jubilee Award for Best Book of Short Stories in Canada, as well as the 2005 Ottawa Fiction Award. She grew up in Quebec, has travelled extensively, and now lives in Ottawa.