From award-winning author Méira Cook comes a novel exploring the intricacies and interconnected lives of one community in a small and colourful prairie city.
After twenty years Max Binder is still in love with his fiery wife, Maggie, and is determined to get her the perfect fortieth birthday gift. But Max’s singular desire — to make his wife happy — leads to an unexpected event that changes the course of his family’s life and touches the people who make up their western prairie city.
Set over the course of a single year, Once More With Feeling tells the story of this city through intersecting moments and interconnected lives. The colourful citizens who make up the community are marked by transformation, upheaval, and loss: the worker at a downtown soup kitchen who recognizes a kindred spirit amongst the homeless; the aging sisters who everywhere see the fleeting ghosts of two missing neighbourhood children; a communal voice of mothers anxious for the future of their children in the discomfiting world they inhabit. Award-winning author Méira Cook has crafted a novel that is at once funny, poignant, and yes, full of feeling.
PRAISE FOR ONCE MORE WITH FEELING
“Méira Cook has written a fine and funny novel that, like the city in which it is set, pulses with life, love, loss, and so much more. Vital and vivid characters spring from the page, grab your heart, and won’t let go.” — Terry Fallis, Two-Time Winner of the Stephen Leacock Medal for Humour
“Meira Cook … writes prose so fluid, so effortless, so vivid, you’re swept away on its sheer beauty and power… . Once More With Feeling manages to be both sharp and tender, tragic and fiercely funny, and wholly satisfying.” — Toronto Star
“Brimming with warmth and a wry, often surrealistic sense of humour, Cook’s vibrant narrative delves beneath the tenuous surfaces of the everyday, asking us to re-examine the ways in which we see ourselves and understand the world.” — Kerry Lee Powell, author of the Scotiabank Giller Prize-nominated Willem de Kooning’s Paintbrush
“Labyrinthine, projecting, reversing, traversing, all of life on a strand of a spider’s web — perhaps those words might tickle the intimate and intricate lives and loves that Cook shares in her magical pages… . the book reads like an extended poem, its elegant lines and diverse voices simply twisting and turning forever into a cat’s cradle conversation on women, mothers, daughters, sons, religion, life, death, growing up, tradition… . a damn good [novel].” — Hamilton Review of Books
“Méira Cook has re-established her position as one of Manitoba’s, if not Canada’s, finest novelists.” — Jewish Post and News