"This luminous literary novel will delight those who treasure word play, want a Winnipeg fix and yearn for interesting and complex stories. Just as Mordecai Richler did with St. Urbain Street in Montreal, University of Winnipeg English professor Deborah Schnitzer brings life and story to our own Corydon Avenue."
- Adelia Neufeld Wiens, The Winnipeg Free Press
"Throughout the novel, you will connect with the characters and at least one of them will remind you of someone you know. The lyrical and inventive language used is easy to comprehend and captivating."
- Jennifer Wrobel, Outwords
Suggested Book Club Questions for An Unexpected Break in the Weather
- In what way do parent-child relationships break, transcend, and reinforce conventional norms?
- What kind of geographies are at work to explore the idea and actuality of nests?
- What forms of illness and wellness circulate? How do they intersect?
- How are conventional concepts of cure invoked and challenged?
- What roles do clothes play?
- What might be the significance of the aquarium in terms of its location and form?
- What does it take to stay? What does it take to leave?
- How are rituals and ceremonies inherited and redefined?
- Against the odds and because of them, what might last in this novel?
Educator, activist, editor, and writer, Deborah Schnitzer is the author of the novel, Gertrude Unmanageable, the long poem, Loving Gertrude Stein, as well as scholarly works and critical anthologies equally devoted to the unexpected. Her latest book, An Unexpected Break in the Weather, won the 2010 Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction. Schnitzer is a 3M Teaching Fellow in the English Department at the University of Winnipeg.