The Carnivore

The Carnivore

A Novel

Book - 2009
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The Carnivore is a historical novel of disaster and betrayal, set in the Toronto of both 1954 and 2004. In the aftermath of Hurricane Hazel, a young cop, Ray Townes, emerges as a hero. There are numerous accounts of his bravery, of the way he battled all night to save those who were trapped in houses swept away by the raging Humber River. His story is featured prominently in the newspapers, thrusting him into the spotlight as a local celebrity. His wife performs her own small miracles that night. Mary is a nurse at St. Joseph's Hospital and she treats many of the survivors. The emergency room is overrun; the hallways are slick with river mud: of course, her feats go almost unnoticed. But among the victims she treats there is a woman, disoriented and near death, who reveals mad-seeming details of her ordeal -- details that lead Mary to doubt her husband's heroism. The officer and the nurse (with a new house, new friends, and plans for a family) try to normalize their life together in a shell-shocked city, but Mary also searches for the truth about her husband. Is he simply the tired hero who stares out at her from the cover of the Globe and Mail, or is it a much darker figure who sits across the table from her at breakfast? Definitive answers are elusive . . . Fifty years later, when a reporter comes knocking, wanting to revisit that violent night, the missing details finally surface -- and threaten to destroy them.

Publisher: Toronto : ECW Press, c2009
ISBN: 9781550228984
Branch Call Number: FIC Sinne 3558ad 1
Characteristics: 255 p


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Jan 26, 2011

Excellent. Sinnett creates extremely complicated, and realistic characters who make it impossible for the novel to have a Hollywood ending. Accordingly, this is a very refreshing novel and the antithesis of a cliche story.

Jan 06, 2011

fantastic style, could NOT put it down!

debwalker Oct 19, 2010

Winner of the 2010 Toronto Book Award. "The Carnivore is a captivating story of how memories can shape and define a marriage," said Jane Pyper, the Toronto Public Library’s chief librarian. "Readers will also enjoy the evocative descriptions of a 1954 Toronto caught in the maelstrom of Hurricane Hazel."

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