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A Large Harmonium

by Sue Sorensen

A Large Harmonium

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A Large Harmonium: English Lit professor Janey Erlicksen wonders if she's coming unravelled, as her daily life progresses through the onslaught from work, friends and family, and her despotic toddler Little Max.

Janey knows she should be trying to put her academic career on the map, but how? She'll more readily poke fun at than engage in yet another overly dry and theoretical conference. And her husband and their friends simply encourage her off the serious academic path, providing anarchic ideas from Foucault-in-snowsuits to erotic poetry addressed to the harmonium collecting dust in the music department.

A Large Harmonium is a sharply comical year-in-the-gloriously-unruly- life story. We follow Janey as she negotiates motherhood (“Little Max is a Roald Dahl story, I decide”); career (“the whole enterprise starts to resemble a lion-taming act without the lions”); frightful in-laws (“At breakfast, the two of them are serene and fit-looking.

I never can see how people look like that in the morning”); and which literary hero her husband Hector most resembles (“Rochester! Why should I be Rochester? He's a bastard. And he has to be blinded and lose an arm or something before he can be tamed.”) Along the way, she relies on Hector, boy-wonder babysitter Rene, and even crazy unreliable friend Jam. And on Jake, the understanding minister who helps her pick her way through it all.

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ISBN
9781550504606
Size
5.5" x 8.5" 208 pages
Ages:
Adult
Price
19.95 CDN; 19.95 USD
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Categories
Fiction Paper Adult
Author
Sue Sorensen
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About the Author

Sue Sorensen has published fiction and poetry and numerous scholarly articles. She has also edited a collection of essays on western Canadian literature, titled West of Eden.Her academic interests extend from nineteenth- and twentieth-century British literature to film adaptations of literature and the examination of popular song lyrics as poetry. A Large Harmonium is her first novel.
 
Born and raised in Saskatchewan, Sue Sorensen now lives in Winnipeg, where she is a professor of English literature at Canadian Mennonite University.

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