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3.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 53.86 out of 5 3.86 (28 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Richard B. Wright Narrator: Anne Twomey and Joanna P. Adler Publisher: HighBridge Company Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: September 2003 ISBN:
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Two sisters, small-town Ontario, 1934. Canadian author Richard Wright tells their story, from the ordinary to the extraordinary, with an eye for the commonplace and poignant sense of the larger undercurrents that change people's lives.

Letters and journal entries form a portal into the desires and passions of two very different women, underscoring the larger tableau of an era stirring with great events (the Depression, rumblings of another world war, and the infancy of radio and show business entertainment). Love and betrayal, friendship and family, hope and deception are the forces that temper the lives of Clara, the spinster schoolteacher, and her sister Nora, whose entire life is a performance.

Wright, a master of revealing the drama of seemingly unremarkable lives, constructs a powerful, mesmerizing narrative. Clara Callan is a deeply moving portrait of two women and of an age heralding seismic changes that will alter the fabric of their inner lives and the world as they once knew it.

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Richard Janzen | 2/1/2014

    " Interesting story carved together of letters and journals. Feb 08 "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/17/2014

    " Sad, beautiful, moving story. This is one of those books that you'd like to find out what happened to the characters after the book ended. Told in diary and letters, I found it especially interesting when two viewpoints from the same character were represented (first you'd read Clara's diary, then her letter to sister Nora,) especially how we change our stories when telling them to others. Wondering how I lived so many years without stumbling upon this author before (but then again, I think that quite often.) I think we modern gals sometimes forget the struggles of those who came before us. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Donna | 1/4/2014

    " Utterly fascinating, compelling page turner. Richard B Wright owns the voices of those women in the 1930s, so much that it's hard to believe that it was written by a man. Incredible, amazing and very real. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Debbie | 12/17/2013

    " Some good moments but not great. Nice atmosphere but I couldn't identify with Clara so that puts a damper on it for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 12/12/2013

    " Loving it so far. Can hardly put it down. The book is written in letter form, which is a genre I love. Very fun to learn about the protagonists when all you have is the letters they write and receive. It's about two Canadian sisters, and it takes place in both New York and Canada in the 1930s. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 11/30/2013

    " The story of two sisters in the 1930s, I believe. I don't know how I found this book, but I'm sure glad I did. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 11/29/2013

    " I had a bit of trouble getting into this book. However, I'm happy I stuck it out because it was a book that I really enjoyed! A most amazing book choice! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sheryl | 11/25/2013

    " This book captures the essence of small town and big city life between two sisters through letters in the 1930's. Couldn't put this book down anfpd highly recommend. Very surprised written by a man "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 10/31/2013

    " I started this book and found that it did not draw me in at all - was too slow-moving. I may have not been patient enough as I took it back to the library after reading about 100 pages... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Karen Hogan | 10/24/2013

    " I know this won so many awards, but it didnt compel me enough to keep reading it. If a book doesnt capture me in the first 50 pages, I give it up. Because my mantra is " So many books, so little time". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Terri | 10/24/2013

    " I'd give this a 3.5 if I could. It's a quick read for a 400+ page book. There's something distinctly Canadian about it for me. The writing reminds me a bit of a somewhat less poetic Stone Diaries. It's not earth-shattering, but I found it to be very enjoyable and definitely worth my time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Geni | 10/2/2013

    " The life, times, emotions of two Canadian sisters who carve out different lives for themselves in the 1930s. I enjoyed it, and I marveled at the authentic-sounded voices of women that author Richard Wright created. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cathy | 9/15/2013

    " In this novel, Richard B. Wright tells a compelling story of the two sisters, and clearly draws a portrait of small town Ontario on the eve of the Second World War. A favourite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lucia | 9/11/2013

    " Great Canadian author. This book is great. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Aaron | 8/25/2013

    " I enjoyed the different voices in this book, and the format (letters and journal entries) was unusual and very well-done. It was also a trip into the world of the early- to mid-thirties. It certainly deserved the prizes it won! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Melissa | 8/1/2013

    " I could relate to this inter sister correspondence. I loved the contrast of life in New York to that in rural Canada. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shane | 7/29/2013

    " A great use of the letter/diary as a device to tell a story "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hayley | 3/2/2013

    " I enjoyed the melancholy feel of this story, and could relate to the main character's hermit like ways. But it was a bit slow, and I almost didn't pick it back up a few times. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth Shields-Szostak | 5/30/2012

    " 1st Canadian edition "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Peg | 12/25/2011

    " See Liz Bonnet's review for a complete summary. She recommended it, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. Like Liz, I didn't want to put it down and plan to look for other books by this Canadian author. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rachael Thomas | 6/18/2011

    " One of the few books in college I actually looked forward to reading every night! I loved the epistolary format. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 4/4/2011

    " Great story and I will definitely recommend it "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nancy | 2/11/2011

    " This is a really good story, told through letters and journals, of two sisters from a small Ontario town.
    Excellent read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 1/24/2011

    " I loved this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Daniel | 1/17/2011

    " I wasn't sure you could completely tell a story through personal letters...but Richard B. Wright proves me wrong. The most impressive thing about this novel is that a man manages to capture such powerful feminine voices so clearly and so evocatively.
    "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 lauren | 12/27/2010

    " This book did not make me want to go back for more. I finished it but would not have been disappointed if I had not. Clara was an ordinary woman, living alone and her life was quite boring. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 WendyMcP | 11/23/2010

    " Appealingly flawed and likeable characters that change and develop. Well-crafted story. As soon as I finished the last page I turned back to page 1. I wasn't quite ready to leave Clara. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Roslyn | 10/4/2010

    " Loved this Canadian author's book about two sisters in their mid-30s. Set during the mid-20thc depression. One sister is a school teacher in small-town Canada, the other fled to New York for life as a radio actress. Written in the form of diary and letters. "

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