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When I Was Young and In My Prime

by Alayna Munce

ISBN 0889712093 / 9780889712096 / 0-88971-209-3
Publisher Nightwood
Language English
Edition Softcover
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2006 TRILLIUM BOOK AWARD NOMINEE & NATIONAL BESTSELLER

"A deeply humane, deeply human book."
- Michael Crummey

"Moving, funny, full of hard truths."
- Jim Bartley, The Globe and Mail


What's left of us when we're gone? In When I Was Young and In My Prime, a young woman watches her grandparents begin to decline. As she sorts through the couple's belongings, she reflects on the untold stories and unsung bonds that make up our lives. Meanwhile, modern urban life places strains on her own marriage and on her sense of what, ultimately, we owe each other.

Weaving together voices, diary entries, poems, conversations and lists, When I Was Young and In My Prime cuts to the heart of our search for intimacy and family, for what makes life meaningful and love real. The result is a smart, moving novel about personal and cultural decline, dignity and work, the urban and the rural, the old and the new, and the search for something ageless. [via]