A Celibate Season
Originally published in
1991, this remarkable collaboration came about when the
two award-winning authors Carol Shields and her friend Blanche
Howard decided to tell two sides of the same story. Carol
wrote the man's version and Blanche the woman's.
This immensely enjoyable novel gives
us both sides of a story about the breakdown of traditional
roles, rules and communication in a marriage.
here to order.
A Celibate Season is intelligent,
subtle, symmetrical; like all our favourite seasons,
it passes by all too quickly."
- Quill &
two award winning authors have written a delightful novel
which gives us both sides of a story about the breakdown
of traditional roles. A Celibate Season is the
story of what happens when Jocelyn and Charles, who have
been married for years, are faced with a possible ten-month
separation. In order to economize, they choose to write
to each other rather than use the telephone. Through their
letters, we follow the evolution and eventually the breakdown
of communication. As the months progress, we begin to
see two very distinct views of this time apart. Their
"season of celibacy," as they initially joked, is proving
to be more of a challenge than either had imagined and
tests the strength and commitment of their marriage.
This is accomplished light entertainment from two serious
writers. Beneath its polished surface lurks a reactionary
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