The Knife Sharpener’s Bell Globe & Mail Top 100 book for 2010
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THE KNIFE SHARPENER’S BELL
By Rhea Tregebov (Coteau)
The imminence of disaster – sensing it will come, not knowing how – infuses this tale of a Winnipeg family resettling in ancestral Ukraine. From callow childhood to belated understanding, snapshot scenes slowly coalesce into the arc of decades. Tregebov’s sorrows are admirably unlyricized, her nostalgia tart rather than sweet. The emerging Holocaust lurks like a slumbering monster, determinedly denied until it begins to claim victims.
Globe and Mail, November 27, 2010
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