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Sitting practice by Caroline Adderson

Sitting practice (edition 2003)

by Caroline Adderson

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Title:Sitting practice
Authors:Caroline Adderson
Info:Toronto : T. Allen Publishers, c2003.
Collections:Your library, CanLit
Tags:canlit, read-in-2003

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Sitting Practice: A Novel by Caroline Adderson



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This book was on the long list for Canada Reads 2016. I liked the premise of the book, so decided to read it.
Ross and Iliana were on their way home from playing tennis, when the ball rolled under the pedal and Iliana took off her seatbelt to retrieve it. In the confusion Ross drove into a moving truck and Iliana was paralyzed from the waist down for life. Ross was unhurt but was tormented with guilt.
Caroline had rebelled from a childhood of severe fundamentalist religion and Ross' mother was an alcoholic.
When Iliana returned home from rehabilitation, she wanted to be completely independent and Ross was at loose ends, wanting to help but uncertain how he fit into her life. He had never been faithful to the women in his past, but was determined in his commitment to Iliana.
Ross felt that his life was "a stifling loop of guilt and misunderstanding", so he turned to Buddhism.
The novel begins in Vancouver, but Ross and Iliana moved to a small community on Vancouver island and opened a cafe.
While Ross is struggling to develop some intimacy with Iliana, she instigates an affair with a shiftless younger man.
Ross and Iliana do resolve their relationship, but I did not enjoy the book. Very strong theme of sex and unresolved spiritual issues, and rather crude in places ( e.g joking about cannibalism on their first date). ( )
  bettyroche | Feb 22, 2016 |
A newly married couple's happiness is shattered by a freak car accident. Paralyzed from waist down, Iliana is forced to give up her nursing career, but is determined to regain her independence; Ross, a movie caterer, struggles with guilt. Both are faced with redefining their life and relationship. Adderson chooses to infuse the story with quirky characters, intelligence, surprises, and even humour. ( )
  skent | May 20, 2012 |
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I enjoyed aspects of this book but I had a hard time caring about the main characters. The newlywed couple suffers such a tragedy, one that each deals with in their own way. But they never try to deal with it together, instead of growing closer and figuring out how they move forward they just exist. I kept thinking 'would it kill you to just talk?'
  mybookcloset | Aug 26, 2010 |
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I enjoyed this book. I had read a similar book called The Dive from Clausen's pier - similar in that they both deal with the paralysis of a loved one. Though this book was more touching b/c there was more of a connection with the characters. Very well-written book. ( )
  JenandTomsLibrary | Oct 26, 2009 |
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A very low-key, gently-moving story that works because you care about the characters. Could have easily slipped into melodrama, but instead feels true-to-life. ( )
  mhgatti | Aug 24, 2009 |
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A fateful accident transforms life forever for newlywed couple Ross and Iliana as Iliana is left paralyzed, Ross guilt-ridden and grief-stricken, and both dealing with a married life that is nothing like that for which they had planned or expected.

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