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By Daphne Marlatt

Ana ancient is the tale of Mrs. Richards, a lady of no background, who seems to be in short in 1873 within the civic documents of Vancouver. it's also the tale of Annie, a latest, who turns into enthusiastic about the chances of Mrs. Richards's lifestyles. Ana historical was once Daphne Marlatt's first novel, and was once initially released through trainer condominium Press in Canada and The Women's Press within the U.K. The French translation was once released through Les Éditions du remue-ménage.

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