February is Lisa Moore’s heart-stopping follow-up to her debut novel, Alligator, winner of the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the Caribbean and Canadian region. Propelled by a local tragedy, in which an oil rig sinks in a violent storm off the coast of Newfoundland, February follows the life of Helen O’Mara, widowed by the accident, as she continuously spirals from the present day back to that devastating and transformative winter that persists in her mind and heart.
After overcoming the hardships of raising four children into adulthood as a single parent, Helen’s strength and calculated positivity fool everyone into believing that she’s pushed through the paralyzing grief of losing her spouse. But in private, Helen has obsessively maintained a powerful connection to her deceased husband.
When Helen’s son, John, unexpectedly returns home with life-changing news, her secret world is irrevocably shaken, and Helen is quickly forced to come to terms with her inability to lay the past to rest.
Lisa Moore’s talent for rendering the precise details of her characters’ physical and emotional worlds makes for an unforgettable glimpse into the complex love and cauterizing grief that run through all of our lives. With February, Moore tenderly investigates how memory knits together the past and present, and pinpoints the very human need to always imagine a future, no matter how fragile.