What a splendid read! The Gift of Guylaine Claire is a real gift to the reader on many levels. It brilliantly tells a story that reaches the reader on a personal level while revealing some disturbing racial-social issues in Canada’s past, through the life of a slain sculptor. The reader comes to understand and admire the title character, Guylaine, through the perceptions others have of her and her sculpture. The story focuses a period of time, when her friends and family share their understandings of Guylaine through their personal grieving process. The story insightfully reveals the different ways individuals grieve the loss of a significant individual and yet, how the process is similar. Even while these characters grieve, there is such a feeling of deep connection and caring between them, as they go through the loss together, the reader desires to be part of that circle. Aesthetically, the descriptions of Guylaine’s sculptures are such a pleasure to read, one can easily visualize and experience these pieces. Through these descriptions, the reader gets to glimpse into the mind of a sculptor’s intention and way of perceiving reality. All together, The Gift of Guylaine Claire is an enticing read!
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