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What is left the daughter
Howard Norman
Adult Fiction NORMAN

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Summary: Howard Norman, widely regarded as one of this country's finest novelists, returns to the mesmerizing fictional terrain of his major books-- The Bird Artist , The Museum Guard , and The Haunting of L --in this erotically charged and morally complex story. Seventeen-year-old Wyatt Hillyer is suddenly orphaned when his parents, within hours of each other, jump off two different bridges--the result of their separate involvements with the same compelling neighbor, a Halifax switchboard operator and aspiring actress. The suicides cause Wyatt to move to small-town Middle Economy to live with his uncle, aunt, and ravishing cousin Tilda. Setting in motion the novel's chain of life-altering passions and the wartime perfidy at its core is the arrival of the German student Hans Mohring, carrying only a satchel. Actual historical incidents--including a German U-boat's sinking of the Nova Scotia-Newfoundland ferry Caribou , on which Aunt Constance Hillyer might or might not be traveling--lend intense narrative power to Norman's uncannily layered story. Wyatt's account of the astonishing--not least to him-- events leading up to his fathering of a beloved daughter spills out twenty-one years later. It's a confession that speaks profoundly of the mysteries of human character in wartime and is directed, with both despair and hope, to an audience of one. An utterly stirring novel. This is Howard Norman at his celebrated best.


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main characters Wyatt Hillyer
MalefBoth of his parents jumped off two different bridges after finding out they were both having an affair with the woman next door; taken in by his aunt and uncle; apprentice to hus uncle's sled and toboggan business; secretly in love with Tilda
Apprentice

Tilda
Female
Adopted
Adopted by Wyatt's aunt and uncle;dating Hans; father is uneasy about her relationship with Hans because of the war.

Hans Moering
Male
German
Attending school in Canada; dating Tilda



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