So Much Love

So Much Love

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Finalist for the Amazon Canada First Novel Award

A Globe and Mail Best Book

A Quill & Quire Best Book of the Year

Olive Kitteridge meets Room and The Lovely Bones in this stunning first novel about the unexpected reverberations the abduction of a young woman has on a small community.

When Catherine Reindeer mysteriously vanishes from the parking lot outside the restaurant where she works, an entire community is shattered. Her fellow waitress now sees danger all around her. Her mother desperately seeks comfort in saying her name over and over again. Her professor thinks of her obsessively. Her husband refuses to give up hope that she will one day come home. As we move back and forth between those who knew Catherine intimately and those who barely knew her at all, So Much Love reveals how an unexpected disappearance can overturn everything for those left behind.
But at the heart of the novel is Catherine's own surprising journey of resilience and recovery. When, after months of unimaginable horror, a final devastating loss forces her to make a bold decision, she is unprepared for everything that follows. Woven throughout Catherine's story are glimpses of a local poet who was murdered decades earlier, a woman whose work becomes a lifeline for Catherine during her darkest hours.
A riveting novel that explores the complexity of love and the power of stories to shape our lives, So Much Love confirms Rebecca Rosenblum's reputation as one of the most gifted and distinctive writers of her generation.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780771072437
Characteristics: 277 pages ; 21 cm


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ehbooklover Jan 12, 2018

4.5 stars. A beautifully written, powerful, and haunting story that is filled with authentic and amazing characters that will likely stay with me for a while longer. Wow.

Jul 17, 2017

Featured in Canadian Living July 2017 "True North Page Turners"

Jun 26, 2017

I almost didn't read this because my book pile was getting too big. The plot for So Much Love sounds like any other missing girl/murder mystery but the telling is something else. The story comes together with several different perspectives, from those closest to the victims to people who know them only peripherally. I found the relatively small amount of violence to be particularly hard given the way in which the parts were constructed -with, as the title says, so much love. Beautifully constructed and realized novel by a Canadian author.

Jun 15, 2017

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So Much Love, the debut novel from Toronto-based writer Rebecca Rosenblum, is more like a series of thoughtful essays than a collection of chapters. Each of these essays orbits around the common theme of love: its presence, its absence, how it builds, and how it destroys.

The plot of So Much Love traces the ripples of a shocking event in the small university town of Iria, Ontario: the disappearance of university student Catherine Reindeer and, one month before, the same of highschooler Donny Zimmerman. If you’re a fan of thrillers, don’t get too excited. Unlike most kidnapped heroines, Catherine doesn’t screw around. In a refreshing subversion of expectations, she takes the tools and opportunity given to her to make her escape.

But the book isn’t about kidnapping, it’s about love.

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