Little Sister

Barbara Gowdy's novel follows a woman as she comes to terms with the death of her sister.

Barbara Gowdy

Rose is a sensible woman, 34 years old. Together with her widowed mother Fiona, she runs a small repertory cinema in a big city. Fiona is in the early stages of dementia and is beginning to make painful references to Rose's sister, Ava, who died young in an accident. It is high summer, and a band of storms, unusual for their frequency and heavy downpour, is rolling across the city. Something unusual is also happening to Rose. As the storms break overhead, she loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams — not only about being someplace else, but also of living someone else's life.

Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inside the body of another woman? Disturbed and entranced, she tries to find out what is happening to her. (From HarperCollins Canada)

Author interviews

The author of Little Sister on her job as a comptometer operator.