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Unlocking
Unlocking | Amy LeBlanc
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Louise Till, mother of two, has inherited her father's hardware store after her parents' unexpected deaths. She begins to cut copies of her customers' keys for herself, each one a talisman against grief and the terrible guilt she feels at not having realized that her parents were desperately unhappy. Louise could use the keys, but she doesn't. Not until her life is overturned, again, when her marriage falls apart. Lou gives in to temptation, letting herself into Euphemia Rosenbaum's home. What follows is a tale of blackmail, break-ins, an unsolved mystery, and more secrets than Lou ever wanted to know. Lou must confront not only the lives of her neighbors, but the unspoken truths of her family and the doors within herself for which there are no keys. Told over the course of one long winter, Unlocking is a poignant and penetrating exploration of grief, community, family, and the secrets we keep, even from ourselves.
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Kazzie
Unlocking | Amy LeBlanc
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Such a nice story! Well written and thoughtful on grief and relationships, we‘ll defined women. All wrapped up in a page turner!

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Lindy
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Lou has inherited her parents‘ hardware store in a small town near Calgary, and has secretly started cutting an extra key whenever someone asks to have their house key copied. Uh oh. Add Lou to the list of lovable oddballs in this town, and watch her get blackmailed into amateur detective work. Slim, farcical and fun Canlit. #shadowgiller2021

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Lindy
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Snowton couldn‘t compete with the Torrington Gopher Hole Museum, where tourists could see stuffed gophers in wedding dresses or gopher facsimiles of early Alberta settlers. Lou had never understood the appeal of the gopher museum, but she had spent many afternoons there with her children and her husband.

[Littens, hands up if you‘ve been to the Torrington museum. 🙋‍♀️]

xicanti I haven‘t been to this particular museum, but it sounds a lot like Possum World in Napier, NZ. That was an EXPERIENCE. 13mo
Soubhiville I haven‘t but it sounds like something I‘d like to see 😁. 13mo
Lindy @xicanti Ooo! I‘m adding Possum World to my bucket list. 🤣 13mo
Lindy @Soubhiville It‘s so cheesy that it‘s adorable. 😄 13mo
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Lindy
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Indigo Higgins owned the local bookstore. She stocked poetry from Western Canada, Bart Hastings‘ murder mysteries, and books about birds. It was a well-known fact that Indigo could name collective nouns for birds in any situation, and she often created opportunities to mention an asylum of cuckoos, a museum of waxwings, a charm of goldfinches, or a pretense of bitterns.

MayJasper A museum of waxwings 😂 13mo
LeahBergen That‘s a skill I‘d like to have! 😆 13mo
Lindy @LeahBergen Me too! 13mo
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Lindy @MayJasper That‘s a puzzle, isn‘t it? More obvious is a mischief of magpies. 13mo
MayJasper I like: a murder of crows 13mo
Cathythoughts Is that your chair ?! Survived the cats attacks 😁… mine is on its last legs 13mo
Lindy @Cathythoughts Yes, it‘s my chair and yes, my various cats over the years have agreed that it‘s a fabulous scratching post. 🤷‍♀️ 13mo
Cathythoughts Yes , I remember you posted it last summer .. my wicker chair has been scratched away .. the cats & dogs love the scratching 😁 13mo
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I was so immersed in this novella that I read it in one sitting! Though mostly plot driven, Leblanc did such an amazing job with these characters, especially Euphemia, but they were all so fleshed out. And the cozy, wintery small town made the perfect setting for an unsolved mystery and the exploration of the notion that everyone knows everything about their neighbours. The enjoyed symbolism of keys too. Written with humor and engrossing prose.