The Winter Vault was Anne Michaels' long awaited second novel, and the only book that, in ten years of living on the same bus route, made me miss my stop, so entranced by the story and language was I.
This is her first novel, released ten years after her first collection of poetry and it tells the story of a little boy rescued from a Nazi-occupied village in Poland. Beautiful, mythic. Michaels is one of many amazing women writers emanating from Canada in the late twentieth century, poets and novelists alike. Plus, it was longlisted for one of my favoured awards, the IMPAC Dublin Literary Award.
This edition also has an introduction by John Berger
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(first published 1996).