Trent McClellan defends February by Lisa Moore


Trent McClellan is a regular on the comedy festival and club circuit, as well as on Sirius, XM Satellite and CBC Radio and Television, CTV and the Comedy Network.

Lisa Moore is the bestselling author of two award-winning novels and two collections of short stories.

February, Lisa Moore's second novel, is about a subject that touched the life of anyone living in Newfoundland in the 1980s: the tragic sinking of the Ocean Ranger oil rig on Valentine's Day in 1982, with the loss of all 84 aboard. An incredible portrait of grief and the difficulty of moving on, February concerns Helen O'Mara, a woman shattered by the death of her husband, Cal, who was one of the crew members. The novel is set 25 years after the tragedy, but Moore shifts the action back and forth in time to offer snapshots of important moments in Helen's life, from meeting Cal, the love of her life, in the 1970s, to her present-day life as a grandmother of two.

February was published in 2009 by House of Anansi Press, and was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize. Moore adapted her novel into a play with the same title earlier this year.

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