Remembering the Bones: A Novel

Remembering the Bones: A Novel

Book - 2007-12-21
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<div>“Itani’s writing is merely breathtaking.” —<i>Newsday</i><br><br>The new novel from the award-winning author of <i>Deafening </i>is a poignant exploration of one eighty-year-old life, as its heroine lies at the bottom of a ravine where she has crashed en route to visit the queen. Born the same day as Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, Canadian Georgina Danforth Witley is one of ninety-nine privileged Commonwealth subjects invited to an eightieth birthday lunch at Buckingham Palace. All she has to do is drive to the airport and board the plane for London. Except that Georgie drives off the road, her car plunging into a thickly wooded ravine. Thrown from the car and unable to move, she must rely on her no-nonsense wit, her full store of family memories, and a recitation of the bones in her body—a childhood exercise that reminds her she is still alive. As Georgina lies helpless, she reflects on her role as a daughter, mother, sister, wife, and widow—on lost loves and painful secrets—offering a whimsical and profound insight into the life of one ordinary woman who, while drawing on her instincts to survive, asks herself: what has it all amounted to?</div>
Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press 2007-12-21
ISBN: 9780871139771
Characteristics: 320


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Oct 28, 2016

This is the 3rd Frances Itani book I've read. Enjoyed each one.

A most compelling read. An unusual canvas on which to hang an old woman's memories before she dies or is rescued from the ravine where she has been trapped for several days after her car crash. Her fatal flaw has been her independence throughout her life and now in her dying days. Remembering the Bones from Gray's anatomy was a nice touch which underlined the old woman's intelligence contrasted with the simple life she was forced to live because she had so few choices except to be 'independent'.

Aug 17, 2011

This author pulls you in, you can feel, hear and smell what she writes about. She also is a dispenser of truths.

debwalker Apr 30, 2011

"Sharing a birthday with Queen Elizabeth is the catalyst for Frances Itani’s beautiful 2008 novel. When Canadian Georgie Danforth Whitley is invited to celebrate her 80th birthday with the Queen (one of many similarities the two women share), she gets so excited, she drives her car off the road. Remembering the Bones is a touching and a powerful reminder that you don’t have to be royal to live an extraordinary life."
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smc01 Dec 04, 2007

This is a beautifully written book. Itani has a remarkable way of summing up an entire chapter in a few words. This is a sad but uplifting story of an eighty-year old woman, Georgie, who has the chance to re-examine her life and discover its value. Georgie is an unforgettable character.

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