Roost

By Ali Bryan

Roost
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Claudia, single mom of two, pines for her past independent life. Her ex, after all, has moved on to a new wardrobe, new hobbies and—worst of all—new adult friends. But in Claudia’s house she’s still finding bananas in the sock drawer, cigarettes taped to wrestling figures, ... Read more


Overview

Claudia, single mom of two, pines for her past independent life. Her ex, after all, has moved on to a new wardrobe, new hobbies and—worst of all—new adult friends. But in Claudia’s house she’s still finding bananas in the sock drawer, cigarettes taped to wrestling figures, and colourful doodles on her MasterCard bills. Then Claudia receives the unexpected news that her mother has died.

Shared through the hilarious, honest, and often poignant perspective of a single mother, Roost is the story of a woman learning about motherhood while grieving the loss of her own mother. And as she begins to mend, she’s also learning that she might be able to accept her home—even as it is.

Ali Bryan

Ali Bryan is an award-winning novelist and creative non-fiction writer based in Calgary, Canada. Her first novel, Roost, won the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction and was the official selection of One Book Nova Scotia. Her second novel, The Figgs, was a finalist for the Stephen Leacock Memorial Medal for Humour.

Reviews

“Does every family need a daughter to do the emotional heavy-lifting? Irreverent and dead-on about the absurdities of motherhood and family, Claudia seems an unlikely fit for the role and fights it every messy inch of the way. Ali Bryan writes the tenderness and pathos of family life with the wise-cracking finesse of a stand-up comedienne. Roost is laugh-out-loud funny—a refreshing CanLit debut. ” — Betty Jane Hegerat, author of The Boy and Delivery

Roost is hilarious. ” — Sue Sinclair, National Post

“It’s a hard (and rare) balance to strike, a book that is as funny as it is smart … Ali Bryan gets it right in Roost. ” — Kerry Clare, Pickle Me This, 03/21/2013

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