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Inhaltsangabe: The Path to Ardroe is an exploration of friendship and its limits, life changes, and the challenges and aspirations of writers. Peter Chisholm, a writer wrestling with his craft, finds himself at forty-two without direction, and so it seems an eerie coincidence to him that unplanned events have conspired to place him in Lochinver, Scotland, developing his next novel, seeking out his former lover, and trying to find a solution to his restlessness and self-imposed fakery. But he has no idea of the fearful ghosts he will conjure. In various states of introspection, Peters friends are also coming to terms with their own life-changing moments. For emerging writer Melissa Picard, on a six-month trip to Strasbourg, France, it will be her struggle with the past criticisms of her writing. Through a budding friendship with a celebrated writer and a transformative affair with an artist, she begins to understand that her challenges are not unique and that to write with a simple purity, the way Derain painted, she must finally listen to her own voice. Another friend, Rick Connelly, at a creative crossroads of self and meaning, is struggling with the control of his writing voice and intently floundering in his need to show what his father meant to him. He seeks the solitude of nature to reshape his instincts about himself and the life path he has chosen. Finally there is Tania, who lost her mother too young and whose immigrant roots shape her in ways she is only beginning to understand. Faced with her own immanent death from pancreatic cancer, she is stripping her life bare of all pretence, while taking stock of the people and events who have made her who she is. But it will be Peter Chisholm at the novels end who, in a profound epiphany, will discover the fulcrum that balances private compromises with the artistic quandaries of the literary life, and it will not be the revelation he assumed.

About the Author: John Lent has been publishing poetry, fiction, and non-fiction nationally and internationally for the past thirty years, and his work has appeared in various issues of such major Canadian journals. He has published eight books of poetry and fiction, and one non-fiction, Abundance, conversations with Robert Kroetsch about the writing life. Lent has taught creative writing and literature at various Canadian institutions for the past forty years and has been writer-in-residence at Red Deer College and a resident writer at the Wallace Stegner House and the Leighton Artists Colony at The Banff Centre for the Arts. He is one of the founders of Kalamalka Press and The Kalamalka Institute for Working Writers. For five years he was the Regional Dean, North Okanagan, for Okanagan College, Aesthetically, Lent has explored the narrative forms associated with stream-of-consciousness fiction, striving for a unique, unprecedented intimacy in his writing. He has studied writers such as Malcolm Lowry, James Joyce, Céline, Margaret Laurence, and Alistair Macleod and has published critical articles on spatial form in the work of Thomas DeQuincey, Malcolm Lowry, Kristjana Gunnars, Mavis Gallant, Wilfred Watson, Sheila Watson, and Robert Kroetsch. Lent lives in Vernon, BC and plays in The Lent/Fraser/Wall Trio, a jazz and roots group.

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