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The Difference
The Difference | Marina Endicott
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From one of our most critically acclaimed and beloved storytellers comes a sweeping novel set on board the Morning Light, a Nova Scotian merchant ship sailing through the south pacific in 1912. Kay and Thea are half-sisters, separated in age by almost twenty years, but deeply attached. When their stern father dies, Thea returns to Nova Scotia for her long-promised marriage to the captain of the Morning Light. But she cannot abandon her orphaned young sister, so Kay too embarks on a life-changing voyage to the other side of the world. At the heart of The Difference is a crystallizing moment in Micronesia: Thea, still mourning a miscarriage, forms a bond with a young boy from a remote island and takes him on board as her own son. Over time, the repercussions of this act force Kay, who considers the boy her brother, to examine her own assumptions--which are increasingly at odds with those of society around her--about what is forgivable and what is right. Inspired by a true story, Endicott shows us a now-vanished world in all its wonder, and in its darkness, prejudice and difficulty, too. She also brilliantly illuminates our present time through Kay's examination of the idea of "difference"--between people, classes, continents, cultures, customs and species. The Difference is a breathtaking novel by a writer with an astonishing ability to bring past worlds vividly to life while revealing the moral complexity of our own.
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Lindy
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The clear agenda behind this overly long historical novel was a detraction, especially because I found the moral issue too blatantly expressed: Canadian settler-colonial guilt over the suppression of Indigenous culture through residential schools. The two sisters in the novel act as a joint consciousness for Canadians, debating the question of whether it‘s ever right to decide what‘s best for children of a different culture. #CanadianAuthor

Lindy If this hadn‘t been in #audiobook format, I would have bailed on it. The narrator (Barbara Barnes?) pulled me through. 4w
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Lindy
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Image: new moon, internet photo. In the tagged novel, a “pearl pin in the shape of a new moon” is mentioned several times. Each time, it drew me out of the story because I puzzled over what shape was meant, exactly, by “new moon.” A black pearl might be used to represent a new moon, but in that case, the pin would have been described differently. Best guess: the very narrowest of crescents sometimes visible at the edge of a new moon.

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Lindy
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I‘m thinking about bailing on this, despite its excellent audio narration, but perhaps its main fault is that I‘m listening to it after Lost Children Archive blew me away. Endicott‘s prose seems ham-fisted after Luiselli‘s delicate layers. It‘s also possible that I prefer Endicott when she writes about contemporary lives, since I had to force myself to finish The Little Shadows (I was on a judging panel) yet I loved her Good to a Fault.

Graywacke Understand perfectly. I‘m still listening to LCA, next book can‘t possibly match up (the questionably anticipated book is Girl, Woman, Other - I‘m actually really looking forward to it...) 1mo
Lindy @Graywacke 😘 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Oh!! I have the other booked marked to read but haven't gotten to it yet! Endicott wrote the Hugh book right? That one I couldn't get through but as you know loved The Difference. 😊😊 I do have Little Strangers on my Kobo too. 1mo
Penny_LiteraryHoarders Strangers! 🙄🙄 Shadows!! I have Good to a Fault at home too. 1mo
Lindy @Penny_LiteraryHoarders Yes, I saw that you had read The Difference so I was hoping for words of encouragement from you. I will give it another hour at least. 1mo
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mcctrish
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The Difference by Marina Endicott is a thoughtful, somber and lovely novel based on a true event. The story centres on 2 sisters, 20 years apart in age, who sail around the world. Kay, the younger, is very much an observer of the the world, she questions choices and actions her elders/superiors make,its 1912 so young ladies shouldn‘t be so inquisitive or bold, and consequently finds herself out of step with her peers and current societal norms.

Tamra I‘m loving that cover! 1mo
mcctrish @Tamra it‘s why I got it from the library 🤣 1mo
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mcctrish
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Thanksgiving weekend reading. I‘d like another day please

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mcctrish
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My reading game this weekend has been ⬇️⬇️⬇️ but I ended it with flowers from a local flower farm and the sun came out so I‘m happy

marleed Gorgeous photo! 2mo
mcctrish @marleed it is such a gorgeous place 2mo
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mcctrish
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When ALL your holds come at once 🤦🏻‍♀️ where to start 🤷🏻‍♀️

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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Loved it!! Very comparable / companionable to This Tender Land - coming of age stories filled with Odyssey-like adventures, truth, reconciliation and a bit of residential schools too in The Difference. I miss Kay, the whales, everyone really! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 #CanLit

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Penny_LiteraryHoarders
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I couldn't finish A Keeper by Graham Norton on time - huge bummer I was enjoying it (made it up to only page 55), so I've switched to The Difference!