The Glass Harmonica

The Glass Harmonica

A Novel

Book - 2010
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2010 BMO Winterset Award -- Winner



When retiree Keith O'Reilly witnesses the murder of his neighbour by a pizza delivery man one night during a snowstorm, a unique series of stories begins to unfold.



As the narrative seamlessly moves from neighbour to neighbour, house to house, the reader begins to understand, not only the circumstances that led to the murder, but the private secrets and personal struggles of many of the McKay Street residents.



Travelling through the changing viewpoints of a more than a dozen of people in a small residential neighbourhood in St. John's, Newfoundland, The Glass Harmonica looks at the way common memories and shared experiences bend and warp as individuals recall the events of their lives, and how these distortions influence both the character's and the reader's understanding of the truth.
Publisher: Toronto : T. Allen Publishers, 2010.
ISBN: 9780887625244
Branch Call Number: MYSTERY WAN

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debwalker Mar 27, 2011

"A St. John's pundit has won Newfoundland and Labrador's top literary award for his debut novel.

Russell Wangersky, a columnist for the St. John's Telegram, has won this year's BMO Winterset award for his novel, The Glass Harmonica. The book deals with residents of a St. John's neighbourhood as they deal with a murder in their midst.

The prize honours the best writing in Newfoundland and Labrador and was founded by journalist Richard Gwyn to honour the memory of his late wife, St. John's-born writer Sandra Gwyn."

CBC News March 25, 2011

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