by Linda Svendsen
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Pub Date 02 Oct 2012 | Archive Date 22 Nov 2012
A startingly funny and deeply satisfying satirical novel that makes the Canadian political scene accessible from the female perspective, behind the scenes at the top of the hill.
Torn from the headlines, Sussex Drive is a rollicking, cheeky, alternate history of big-ticket political items in Canada told from the perspectives of Becky Leggatt (the sublimely capable and manipulative wife of a hard-right Conservative prime minister) and just a wink away at Rideau Hall, Lise Lavoie (the wildly exotic and unlikely immigrant Governor General)—two wives and mothers living their private lives in public.
Set in recent history, when the biggest House on their turf is shuttered not once, not twice, but three times, Becky and Lise engage in a fight to the death in a battle that involves Canada’s relationship to the United States, Afghanistan and Africa. The rest of the time, the women are driving their kids.
From Linda Svendsen’s sharp and wicked imagination comes a distaff Ottawa like no other ever created by a Canadian writer, of women manoeuvring in a political world gone more than a little mad, hosting world leaders, dealing with the challenges of minority government, and worrying about teen pregnancies and their own marriages. As they juggle these competing interests, Becky and Lise are forced to question what they thought were their politics, and make difficult choices about their families and their futures—federal and otherwise.
Praise for Linda Svendsen's Marine Life:
"Linda Svendsen's stories are stunning-so easily embodying such terrific power. The last story left me shaking." --Alice Munro
"Astonishing...as seamless as a fine piece of music." --Michiko Kakutani, The New York Times
"Eight powerful stories... The final story, about the one successful marriage in this...troubled brood, stays with you long after you've shut the book." --The New Yorker
"Marine Life is a cut gem that catches the light at any angle you hold it. A lovely book." --The Washington Post Book World
"It is hard to imagine that writing can be better than this-simpler, sharper, more pure. Or, more delightfully inventive." The Globe and Mail