View Cart "The Trees of Calan Gray" was successfully added to your cart.
Incidental Music cover

$18.95

Incidental Music

“There has to be give and take in a marriage,” Tannis’s father tells her when she becomes engaged. “You’ll find the lasting value of a marriage appears not at the beginning but later, towards the end. It is a journey, not a destination. And it’s how you travel, day by day, that makes the difference.” The seven linked stories comprising Incidental Music show Tannis facing the contretemps of maturity, mid-life, aging and abandonment. Set in Montreal, Vancouver and Vancouver Island, these stories trace the geographic and emotional journeys of Tannis and her husband Stephen, as they negotiate the day-to-day twists, turns, impasses and throughways of their domestic and work lives.

SKU: 978-088982-234-4. Category: .

Product Description

“There has to be give and take in a marriage,” Tannis’s father tells her when she becomes engaged. “You’ll find the lasting value of a marriage appears not at the beginning but later, towards the end. It is a journey, not a destination. And it’s how you travel, day by day, that makes the difference.” The seven linked stories comprising Incidental Music show Tannis facing the contretemps of maturity, mid-life, aging and abandonment. Set in Montreal, Vancouver and Vancouver Island, these stories trace the geographic and emotional journeys of Tannis and her husband Stephen, as they negotiate the day-to-day twists, turns, impasses and throughways of their domestic and work lives.

Incidental Music covers a range of life situations in which women struggle to make the choice that is right and good. An approaching marriage presents tensions between a future husband and an eccentric father; a woman has to choose between the worlds of her daily psychoanalysis and her domestic relationship; an aging voice artist opts to leave her day-trading fiancée. Music runs through these stories, in title, theme and event, suggesting the line between the remembered past and the unknown future: “Shhh,” says one character, “listen to the music. Just follow it, one note at a time.” Poignant, humorous, these compassionate stories are also concerned with the larger social landscape. Underlying each one is a sense of hope and a belief in people and in the bonds that unite them.

Leave a Reply

*

detail product

  • Oolichan Books :

about the author

Carol Matthews

Carol Matthews was born in Vancouver and, after living in Montreal and Nanaimo, has settled on Protection Island. A writer and consultant, she has worked as a hospital social worker, Executive Director of a family service organization, and as a college instructor and administrator. Her articles have appeared in a number of educational and literary publications and in anthologies. She is a regular book reviewer for Event Magazine and The Malahat Review, and writes a quarterly column for The Relational Journal of Child and Youth Care.

This is a demo store for testing purposes — no orders shall be fulfilled.