Joy Kogawa’s masterful third novel, a middle-aged woman discovers painful truths about her father

kogawa_rainIn Joy Kogawa’s masterful third novel, a middle-aged woman discovers that her father, a respected Anglican priest, has long been a sexual abuser of boys. Originally published to critical acclaim in 1995, The Rain Ascends has been revisited by the author, with substantive additions to the end of the narrative that bring to fruition the heroine’s struggle for forgiveness and redemption.

As a middle-aged mother, Millicent is confronted with the secrets of her father’s past as she recalls certain events in her childhood-a childhood that, on the surface, was a blissful one. Disbelief turns to confusion as she faces up to the sins of her father and wrestles with a legacy of lies, silence and her own embattled conscience.

In The Rain Ascends, Joy Kogawa beautifully sifts the truth from the past and the sinner from the perceived saint. The result is a sensitive, poetic, yet searing depiction of the wounds left by abuse and the redemption brought by truth.( Penguin)

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Penguin Canada
Date Published: January 14, 2003
Subjects: Fiction
EAN: 9780143013xxx
Physical Dimensions: 5.50″ x 8.55″
Sales Rank: #

JOY KOGAWA was born in Vancouver in 1935 to Japanese- Canadian parents. During WWII,  Joy and her family were forced to move to Slocan, British Columbia, as part of the Canadian government’s policy to relocate and intern Japanese-Canadians. Kogawa is the author of several award-winning novels and volumes of poetry. In 1986, Kogawa was made a Member of the Order of Canada; in 2006, she was made a Member of the Order of British Columbia. She lives in Toronto.

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“Rain Ascends by Joy Kogawa.” Penguin Random House Canada. N.p., n.d. Web. 16 June 2015. < http://penguinrandomhouse.ca/books/390961/rain-ascends#9780143013204

Canada- be proud such a poignant book can be celebrated

  

Thursday saw the final day of debates for this year’s Canada Reads, and it certainly did not disappoint. With Kristin Kreuk, Craig Kielburger, and Martha Wainwright entering the final show as free-agents, Lainey Lui and Cameron Bailey made their final pitches to sway their fellow panellists in the deciding vote.
When it came time to cast the ballots, however, the decision was almost unanimous. Despite a fierce performance by Lainey, Raziel Reid’s YA novel When Everything Feels like the Movies was voted off. This meas that, Ru, Kim Thúy’s poetic novel about immigrating to Canada as a child has won Canada Reads 2015.(CBC)

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“Canada Reads: Watch The Finale! | CBC Books | CBC Radio.” CBCnews. CBC/Radio Canada, 20 Mar. 2015. Web. 21 Mar. 2015. <http://www.cbc.ca/books/2015/03/canada-reads-the-finale.html&gt;.

Thy, Kim. Ru. Thorndike, 2013. Print.

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What is the one book to break barriers?  That’s the question host Wab Kinew will be asking for the 14th edition of CBC’s battle of the books…. Try one for Spring Break.

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The tradition and literary integrity of this nation wide program is the envy of the world. In Canada, millions follow the reading list, debates and events each year. Where else is there a community book club? 🙂 KSSreads celebrates the event each year.

Past winners and nominees> http://www.cbc.ca/books/CRpreviouswinners/index.html

If you have read any of the contenders, please post a reply below with a comment or mini review.  Thanks.

the world breaks … -Hemingway

<h2>“The world breaks every one and afterward many are strong at the broken places.”  </h2>-Ernest Hemingway, A Farewell to Arms

 Farewell to Arms. Digital image. Italy Magazine. Web. 4 Mar. 2015. <http://www.italymagazine.com/featured-story/farewell-arms-hemingways-italy&gt;.

Happy birthday Dr. Seuss. Pioneer for children and reading… 


You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You’re on your own, and you know what you know. And you are the guy who’ll decide where to go. ( BrainyQuote)






Dr. Seuss was a storyteller in the grandest sense of the word. Not only did he tell fantastical tales of far-away places but he also gave us a unique visual language that carried his stories to new heights of artistic expression. Surrealism provided the foundation from which he built his career, but like a launch pad sitting idle just before liftoff, surrealism was soon to be engulfed in the flames of ridiculous fun and its launch tower thrown to the ground with each new editorial cartoonmagazine coverpainting, or children’s book
It was that explosive energy that thrust Ted’s works into otherworldly places, taking young and old alike on a ride that would become a critical reference point for most children from 1937 on, as well as for the adults who raised them. Nearly everyone has a significant Dr. Seuss memory. Many of today’s top visual artists, poets, filmmakers, and authors cite Ted as one of their greatest influences. Indeed, what Walt Disney was to entertainment, Theodor Seuss Geisel was to art and literature.( Drseussart)


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  1. March 2, 1904
    Dr. Seuss, Date of birth


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     “Dr. Seuss Quote.” BrainyQuote. Xplore. Web. 27 Feb. 2015. <http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/d/drseuss414097.html&gt;. 

     “Introduction Dr.Seuss.” The Art of Dr. Seuss. DrSeussArt. Web. 26 Feb. 2015. <http://www.drseussart.com/bio/&gt;.


No Need to Hurry -Woolf

“No need to hurry. No need to sparkle. No need to be anybody but oneself.”

— Virginia Woolf, A Room of One’s Own (Gordon)

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Gordon, M. “Women of Genius.” NY Times. Web. 1 Jan. 2015. .