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Book Summary of Touch

On the eve of his mother's funeral, Stephen, a middle-aged priest, sits down to write her eulogy. But as the evening creeps into night, he is haunted by memories from his childhood: birthday trips to the cuts with his father; the moment his sister slipped under the thick winter ice forever; and the memorable day his grandfather, Jeannot, came home after a thirty-year absence with a bundle of bones in his pocket and a mission to raise the dead.

Masterfully weaving the stories from three generations of one family, Touch tells the founding tale of Sawgamet – originally a gold-mining village – where deep in the forest reign golden caribou drinking from a honey-sweet river. Yet also in the forest lurk malevolent shapeshifters disguising themselves as friends, storms raging against foolhardy settlers, and the forest taking back the land for itself, branch by branch and root by root.

Touch is a singular, startling debut as enchanting as it is unnerving. A darkly sinister fairy tale, Alexi Zentner builds a magical world as distinctive as a grown-up Narnia, and marks himself out as a real talent to watch.

About the Author
Alexi Zentner was born in Ontario, Canada, and currently lives in Ithaca, New York, with his wife and two daughters. He has had short stories published in various American magazines and anthologies, including The 2008 O. Henry Prize Stories, The Atlantic Monthly and Tin House. Touch is his first novel.

Details of Book: Touch (BSID:9614)

Book Touch
Author Alexi Zentner
ISBN 0701185465
ISBN-13 9780701185466, 978-0701185466
Binding Hardcover
Publisher Chatto & Windus
Publishing Date 2011
Number of Pages 272
Language English
Dimensions 8.74 x 5.63 x 0.98 inches
Weight 403 grams

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Doreen March 06, 2012 review from Goodreads

Stephen Boucher returns with his wife and three children to his remote northern B.C. hometown of Sawgamet to replace his stepfather as the Anglican minister. As he spends time with his mother in her last days, he reminisces about his childhood 30 years earlier, including the deaths of his father...

Gienna July 25, 2011 review from Goodreads

Plucked this slim novel on a whim from the new books table at the library; knew absolutely nothing about book or author. A happy happenstance--it is one of the most memorable books I've read in a while. Alexi Zentner eases you into the narrative, enchants with superb story-telling, and introduces...

Patsy April 06, 2011 review from Goodreads

This one is different and I loved it. Very glad to have won an advance copy through GoodReads. This book is a story about lovers, families, friends, and loners. The main storyteller, Stephen, is a priest returning to his hometown as his mother is dying. As the main narrator of the story, we find...

Pooker April 28, 2012 review from Goodreads

Found in my mailbox on April 24/12 (B'day surprise from DJO). Started reading this morning. Got all nostalgic with memories of my father and the sight of him standing on the log booms he brought into our bay on the way to the sawmill - logs that would be made into lumber for the new home he built...

Lorraine December 04, 2011 review from Goodreads

Different.Three plot lines: the narrative one, set in WWII in the narrator's adolescent home where he's tending to his dying mother, reflecting back in preparation for her eulogy.He reflects back on the winter his mother remarries and his grandfather returns. He also weaves in stories of his gran...


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