“With this book, Itani joins a group of novelists who have chronicled quiet lives from start to finish, uncovering treasure in their dark corners: Carol Shields with The Stone Diaries, Marilynne Robinson with Gilead. . . . Apparently small moments assume lyrical dimensions and significance, and here is where Itani’s true gift lies. . . . [Itani] dips into the past to illuminate the present moment, building such emotionally complexity that the novel’s endingboth inevitable and surprisingis as subtle as it is wrenching.” Susann Cokal, The New York Times Book Review
Remembering the Bones
978-0-8021-4400-3 • $14.00 • Paperback • Jan. 2009
Best-selling author Frances Itani’s second novel is a beautifully written, moving tale of the staying power of family through time and memory, and the extent to which individual lives can influence and resonate in the world around them. Born on the exact same day as Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Canadian Georgina Witley is invited to an eightieth birthday lunch at Buckingham Palace. All she has to do is drive to the airport and board the plane for London. Except that Georgie drives off the edge of the road, her car plunging into a thickly wooded ravine. Thrown from the car, injured, and unable to move, she must rely on her full store of family memories, her no-nonsense wit, and a recitation of the names of the bones in her bodyan exercise from childhoodto remind her she is still alive. As Georgina lies stranded and helpless, she reflects on her role as a daughter, mother, sister, wife, and widow, on lost loves and painful secrets.