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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:
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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 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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About the Author
Author Anne Michaels

Anne Michaels’ first novel, Fugitive Pieces, was an international bestseller, a New York Times Notable Book, and the winner of several awards, including the Lannan Literary Award for Fiction, the Books in Canada First Novel Award, the Guardian Fiction Award, the Trillium Book Award, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction, and others. The novel is also the basis for an award-winning major motion picture of the same name. Michaels is also the author of several highly acclaimed poetry collections. She lives in Toronto.