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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (925 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Anne Michaels Narrator: Karen White Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: June 2009 ISBN: 9781400182459
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From the author of the acclaimed Fugitive Pieces comes a mesmerizing love story that juxtaposes historical events with the most intimate moments of individual lives.

In 1964, a newly married Canadian couple settles into a houseboat on the Nile just below Abu Simbel. Avery is one of the engineers responsible for the dismantling and reconstruction of the temple, a “machine-worshipper” who is nonetheless sensitive to their destructive power. Jean is a botanist by vocation, passionately interested in everything that grows. They met on the banks of the St. Lawrence River, witnessing the construction of the Seaway as it swallowed towns, homes, and lives. Now, at the edge of another world about to be inundated, they create their own world, exchanging “the innocent memories we don’t know we hold until given the gift of the eagerness of another.”

But when tragedy strikes, they return to separate lives in Toronto: Avery to school to study architecture and Jean into the orbit of Lucjan, a Polish émigré artist whose haunting tales of occupied Warsaw pull her further from Avery but offer her the chance to assume her most essential life.

Stunning in its explorations of both the physical and emotional worlds of its characters, intensely moving and lyrical, The Winter Vault is a radiant work of fiction.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Profound loss, desolation and rebuilding are the literal and metaphoric themes of Michaels’s exquisite second novel…A tender love story set against an intriguing bit of history is handled with uncommon skill.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 KatherineJ Barrett | 2/16/2014

    " I'd give at least 4 stars to the first half of the book - I loved the commentary on place and loss. The second half of the book just didn't work for me. I got tired of the heavy language and found Lucjan an unbelievable and slightly annoying character. The review at Quill and Quire sums the book up perfectly. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tamara Ford | 2/9/2014

    " Such a moving story - written will little joy but lots of deep feeling. The writing was beautiful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren Albert | 2/8/2014

    " Stunning prose that is clearly that of a poet. I really liked the characters but the plot fractured towards the end in a way that I didn't feel the writer built up to enough. Definitely worth reading if only for that beautiful prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Carlene | 1/31/2014

    " An exploration of personal loss and universal devastation _ and how we carry within ourselves a secret place where we store our sorrows until the world around us thaws sufficiently for us to bury them. Brilliant. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 1/26/2014

    " very poetic; great read in small chunks; especially like references to St. Lawrence Seaway & plants "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ruthie | 1/21/2014

    " Another beautiful book by the award winning author of Fugitive Pieces. Although there is not much plot, or even story, the characters are so haunting, and the setting are so vivid. Michaels is a poet, and her powers of description are incredible. It took me a long time to read this novel because I kept stopping to reread passages, then read then out loud to my poor DH! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Fionnuala | 1/17/2014

    " I had the strange impression that this piece of writing was sculpted patiently out of a huge block of stone just as the giant statues of the pharaohs were sculpted in the Nubian desert. I felt that there were many more bits of writing that had been chipped away and discarded and what we were left with was the pared down shape which Michaels had carefully sculpted for us. I was fascinated by the engineering details relating to dam construction and the impact of man-made lakes on local communities. Michaels linked this theme of destruction of entire communities to the invasion of Poland by the Germans and the Russians but that part worked less well for me. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kathy Guilbert | 1/15/2014

    " This looked like it would be a good book, but I found it so very boring, that I only made it to page 110. Much of the writing was lyrical but I had trouble following the story and often couldn't tell who was talking. Maybe I've too much going on now or too many other books to read, but ugh! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 10/14/2013

    " Anne Michaels is a poetic and descriptive writer. She seems to understand the interior of the human heart like Frank Gehry understands architecture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ellen | 10/11/2013

    " Moments of genius in this book. Really I'd give it about 3.75 stars because there were moments it lost me. That said I could not get into the first book at all which lead me to this one. Sorry to say. Pretty okay for me. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Underwood | 10/11/2013

    " Fascinating book for me as I had just visited Egypt. Story is about a Canadian couple who travel to Egypt as the husband is working on the moving of Abu Simbal. Story of a couple as they grow apart. "

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

    " Interesting book relating to "man's" sense of place. Slow placed and thought provoking. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Brenda | 7/30/2013

    " can't remember much about this book---poetry like prose. Read fo a book club. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Louise Silk | 7/23/2013

    " a disappointing and difficult read about a Canadian couple who alter land to move water and in this and their personal lives are always dealing with great loss. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Samantha | 3/27/2013

    " I really enjoyed this story, I love Anne Michaels writing style, each paragraph a vignette. I found this story was like a whisper, I needed quite, I needed to concentrate on the voices, to hear the story being told. I will read it again. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elenio | 2/19/2013

    " What an amazing read!!! I loved the fact that some parts were based in Montreal and Toronto I always find that heart warming, to be able to identify with a specific place. The details were incredible I almost felt like I was in egypt as they were there.... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Danae | 2/12/2013

    " Easily one of the most lyrically crafted works I've read this decade. Stunning. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 2/23/2012

    " i loved the writing, but found it hard to engage with the storyline. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Evelyn | 2/15/2012

    " Ok, tried and tried to get through this book. Almost quit at page 70 but plugged away for another 50 pages. Not enough dialogue for me. Too much stuff that I really didn't care for. Other people have commented on reading a few pages and then "reflecting". I just want to read a good page turner. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Serendipitous | 10/4/2011

    " Very deep, thought provoking novel about love, loss, forgiveness. I have to admit I was scared of reading the end of the book, the topic that was being discussed was very haunting, but in the end, it was a remarkable read, not for the faint of heart for sure. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda Hutsell-Manning | 9/17/2011

    " Compelling and beautifully written. Leaves the reader with much to think about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nadine | 9/3/2011

    " Worth waiting 10 years for - my God this woman can write. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kari | 5/21/2011

    " i loved the writing, but found it hard to engage with the storyline. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Martha | 4/27/2011

    " very poetic; great read in small chunks; especially like references to St. Lawrence Seaway & plants "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 4/13/2011

    " 2009 Giller Short list. Well written with an intriguing story of love and loss. All of the short listed books were well worth the read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 4/3/2011

    " Beautiful poetic prose. I will reread this treasure "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rosemary | 1/28/2011

    " Good holiday read about life in Egypt. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Meara | 12/12/2010

    " Perhaps the most beautiful book I've ever read... "

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About the Author
Author Anne Michaels

Anne Michaels is the multi-award-winning author of two novels and four collections of poetry. She lives in Toronto.

About the Narrator

Karen White is a classically trained actress who has been recording audiobooks since 1999. An Audie Award finalist, she has earned numerous AudioFile Earphones Awards. Her reading of The Hemingses of Monticello by Annette Gordon-Reed was named one of AudioFile’s Best Audiobooks of 2009.