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A Nightwood Editions title, distributed by Harbour Publishing

ISBN 13: 978-0-88971-209-6
ISBN 10: 0-88971-209-3
5.5 x 8.5 - 256 pp
September 2005
CAD$18.95 • USD$18.95

When I Was Young and In My Prime

A moving, fictional account of a young woman’s journey through the lives of her grandparents, her own very different urban reality, and the search for something ageless.

Book Description


"A deeply humane, deeply human book."
- Michael Crummey

"Moving, funny, full of hard truths."
- Jim Bartley, The Globe and Mail

What's left of us when we're gone? In When I Was Young and In My Prime, a young woman watches her grandparents begin to decline. As she sorts through the couple's belongings, she reflects on the untold stories and unsung bonds that make up our lives. Meanwhile, modern urban life places strains on her own marriage and on her sense of what, ultimately, we owe each other.

Weaving together voices, diary entries, poems, conversations and lists, When I Was Young and In My Prime cuts to the heart of our search for intimacy and family, for what makes life meaningful and love real. The result is a smart, moving novel about personal and cultural decline, dignity and work, the urban and the rural, the old and the new, and the search for something ageless.