Open Arms

By Marina Endicott

Open Arms
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Bessie Smith Connolly has lived with her Nova Scotia grandparents since she was small. But at seventeen?grieving the death of her steadfast grandfather, smarting from a split with the boy she loves?she escapes to Saskatoon to be with her mother, Isabel. Bittersweet, clear-eyed, ... Read more


Overview

Bessie Smith Connolly has lived with her Nova Scotia grandparents since she was small. But at seventeen?grieving the death of her steadfast grandfather, smarting from a split with the boy she loves?she escapes to Saskatoon to be with her mother, Isabel. Bittersweet, clear-eyed, and deeply affecting, this marvellous debut novel charts Bessie's course as she makes her way through her exploded family and out into the world.

Marina Endicott

Marina Endicott was born in British Columbia and worked as an actor and director before going to London, England, where she began to write fiction. Her novel Open Arms was nominated for the Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award and her second won the Commonwealth Writers Prize for the Canada and Caribbean region.

Awards

  • Amazon/Books in Canada First Novel Award 2001, Short-listed

Reviews

"Open Arms is the story of a young woman's quest. Her search is for a mother, her hope is for a final, hard-won comprehension, a reprieve from the ache of being human. But, as in the finest of quest stories, comprehension does not come at some big, dramatic end, it comes all along the complicated way. Marina Endicott's vision is evidence that the journey itself, although lonely and uncharted, can be filled with both clues and consolation. " ? Bonnie Burnard

"Open Arms is the story of a young woman's quest. Her search is for a mother, her hope is for a final, hard-won comprehension, a reprieve from the ache of being human. But, as in the finest of quest stories, comprehension does not come at some big, dramatic end, it comes all along the complicated way. Marina Endicott's vision is evidence that the journey itself, although lonely and uncharted, can be filled with both clues and consolation. " - Bonnie Burnard

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