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Running from the family

Gillian Wigmore’s new novel employs traditional CanLit themes, but gives them a contemporary spin



Gillian Wigmore

Invisible Publishing

“CANADIAN LITERATURE is undeniably sombre and negative,” writes Margaret Atwood in Survival, her 1972 volume of criticism. “But in that literature there are elements which, although they are rooted in this negativity, transcend it.” As examples, Atwood proposes “the h alting but authentic breakthroughs made by characters who are almost hopelessly trapped, the moments of affirmation that neither deny the negative ground nor succumb to it.” These formulae are resonant with the narrative arc that runs throughout B.C. poet Gillian Wigmore’s full-length fiction debut.

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