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Book Title: Distantly Related to Freud|
The author of the book: Ann Charney
Edition: Cormorant Books Inc.
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Date of issue: September 28th 2008
ISBN 13: 9781897151303
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It’s Montreal, 1953, and eight-year-old Ellen, an only child prone to daydreaming, and her mother, a woman who believes in the promise of fresh starts, have moved into a large house on the flanks of Mt. Royal. To make ends meet, Ellen’s mother takes in a group of refugees from Central Europe, whose erratic behaviour and dark view of human nature captivate the young girl’s imagination. Ellen sees the refugees as a potential source of valuable information about her own background, of which she has heard little, except for a few stories about a lost golden civilization and the family’s distant connection to Sigmund Freud. The refugees soon leave to be replaced by Aunt Celia, a woman whose anxiety meter is permanently stuck at danger, and Ellen’s new stepfather, Dr. Henryk Steiner, whose years in the Soviet Union have earned him the title of "Playboy of the Communist World".
While the adults wrangle with each other and the fallout from their past lives, Ellen sets her sights on exploring the brave new world of "America," and on becoming a teenage femme fatale. Her quest takes her to Crescent Bay, Long Island, and into the placid lives of her American cousins and their friends. Supporting her along the way is her best friend Lydia, a fellow rebel whose mother, Magda, sets off a series of events that will alter the course of the two girls’ lives.
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Read information about the authorAnn Charney is an award winning Canadian novelist, short story writer and journalist. Her work has been published in Canada, the US, France, Germany and Italy.
Her most widely published novel is Dobryd, the story of a child discovering freedom amid the chaos of war’s aftermath. She is also the author of Rousseau's Garden, a novel of love and friendship set in the great gardens of France,and Distantly Related to Freud, the coming of age story of a young girl, who dreams of becoming a writer and a femme fatale.
Her most recent novel, Life Class, is a story of displacement and ambition played out in the art circles of Venice, New York and Montreal.
Ann Charney has been a columnist for Maclean's Magazine, a frequent contributor to Saturday Night, Ms. magazine, and other leading US and Canadian publications. She has won Canadian National Magazine Awards both for her fiction and non-fiction, and was made an officer of the French Order of Arts and Letters. A selection of her non-fiction was collected in a book entitled Defiance In Their Eyes: True Stories From The Margins.
She was married to artist Melvin Charney who died in September 2012.
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