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Kitchen Music by Charles Foran


A young Canadian man goes to Ireland , to trace his troubled roots, back to the site where his father disappeared off a cliff into the sea, while he researches the history of fiddle music in the area where his father was born and lived. He is accompanied by his Vietnamese girlfriend who struggles with her own guilt and sense of fragmentation, and who finds solace in drawing Cambodian temples. Kitchen Music is about wonderment. About the human capacity to imagine, and even embody, structures and symmetries far greater, more encompassing , than our own small, constricted selves. Music, art, landscape, history, are all explored in the novel with this paradox in mind. The connections and congruences both astonish and terrify the characters, while they thrill the reader.

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Cormorant Books

Dunvegan, Ontario