Mister Sandman is Barbara Gowdy's fourth novel. It is a dark, very funny and beautifully compassionate investigation of the truths and deceptions that wind and bind every family together. (From HarperCollins Canada)
From the book
Joan Canary was the Reincarnation Baby. Big news at the time, at least in the Vancouver papers. This is going back, 1956. Joan was that newborn who supposedly screamed, "Oh, no, not again!" at a pitch so shrill that one of the old women attending the birth clawed out her hearing aid. The other old woman fainted. She was the pne who grabbed the umbilical cord and pulled Joan head-first onto the floor.
From Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy ©1995. Published by HarperCollins Canada.