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By Lisa Moore

February is Lisa Moore’s heart-stopping follow-up to her debut novel, Alligator, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Caribbean and Canadian sector. Propelled via a neighborhood tragedy, during which an oil rig sinks in a violent hurricane off the coast of Newfoundland, February follows the lifetime of Helen O’Mara, widowed through the twist of fate, as she always spirals from the current day again to that devastating and transformative winter.

After overcoming the hardships of elevating 4 little ones as a unmarried father or mother, Helen’s power and calculated positivity idiot every body into believing that she’s driven throughout the paralyzing grief of wasting her wife. yet in deepest, Helen has obsessively maintained a robust connection to her deceased husband. whilst Helen’s son without warning returns domestic with life-changing information, her mystery international is irrevocably shaken, and Helen is instantly pressured to return to phrases together with her lack of ability to put the prior to rest.

An unforgettable glimpse into the complicated love and cauterizing grief that run via all of our lives, February tenderly investigates how reminiscence knits jointly the prior and current, and pinpoints the very human have to consistently think a destiny, irrespective of how fragile.

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