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Book review: 'What Is Left the Daughter' by Howard Norman
Book review: 'What Is Left the Daughter' by Howard Norman

What Is Left the DaughterA NovelHoward NormanHoughton Mifflin Harcourt: 244 pp., $25"What Is Left the Daughter," Howard Norman's 10th book, is an epistolary novel about death, survival and legacy. As with most of his fiction and nonfiction, this quirky World War II narrative unfolds in Canada's Maritime provinces. Reminiscent of a classic Robert Frank black-and-white photograph, this candid, everyday portrait discloses intricate webs of wistfulness and resignation. Norman raises absorbing moral quandaries, particularly about the possibilities of forgiveness.The narrator, Wyatt Hillyer, is orphaned on Aug. 27, 1941, when his mother and father jump off separate bridges in Halifax,...

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