Alarmed that Canada Post keeps losing money, Ariadne Jensen, a woman in her fifties, pitches the CEO with a scheme to save the corporation: she will get people to start writing and mailing letters again. As an inspiration to others, Ariadne writes bundles of letters for all to see; some are historical fiction, while others are drawn from her own correspondence. Each letter itself tells a story, while together they form a bigger story—about Ariadne, her determination to set wrongs right, her sly humour, and her loyalty to her best friend Leo, a gay man in his early twenties—that leaves the reader of At This Juncture informed, educated and, most importantly, entertained.
Some reviewers’ comments
“Enter At this Juncture with caution, because once inside you won’t want to leave. To enter this wildly imaginative, deeply humane book is akin to entering a universe of black holes that move between small intense worlds rich in intrigue, human suffering, humour and insight.”
-Roberta Rees, author of Long After Fathers
“Rona Altrows explores the art and importance of snail mail. Whether it’s well researched fictional letters between historical figures or the fictional protagonist’s efforts to create change through letters, it’s a challenging form of fun.”
-Fred Stenson, author of Who by Fire
A must-read for any analog devotee, Altrows’ ersatz (yet credible) epistolary historical exchanges are delightfully entertaining and highly edifying.”
– Sheryl Gordon, Writer and Curator of A Rewording Life
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How to buy this book
This book’s publisher is University of Alberta Press (http://www.uap.ualberta.ca).
ISBN 978-1-77212-383-8 (pbk.). ISBN 978-1-77212-418-7 (epub).
ISBN 978-1-77212-419-4 (kindle). ISBN 978-1-77212-420-0 (pdf).
I encourage you to support your local independent bookstore. If the book is not in stock, you can ask the staff to order it for you (the ISBN number might be helpful).
If you are in Canada you can also buy this book from Chapters Indigo Online (https://www.chapters.indigo.ca/en-ca/books/ )
Of course you can buy this book from Amazon but beware. If you are offered a price for the physical book that is radically different from the suggested retail price (about $20.00), you are probably looking at a reseller’s listing. I receive no royalties on sales from resellers.
Don’t forget your library
Canada has a program called Public Lending Rights (PLR) that pays each book author an annual sum based on the number of libraries that carry the book. Please encourage your local library add this book to their collection! Most libraries are happy to receive book recommendations.