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Long, Cynthia.

Toronto, McClelland and Stewart, c1985. 157pp, paper, $12.95, ISBN 0-7710-5345-2. CIP

Reviewed by Ruth Cosstick

Volume 14 Number 2
1986 March

Wishbones is an emotional feminist novel, difficult to assess because of its many layers. Three generations of one family are portrayed, while interwoven is a fairy story told by the grandmother. The fantasy strangely evolves into mythology. This is a cry-from-the-heart first novel from Toronto writer Cynthia Long, who seems to be attempting what Elizabeth Smart accomplished so lyrically in By Grand Central Station I Sat Down and Wept (Deneau, 1982). The young author has a strong sense of poetry, which, instead of providing rhythm and clarity to her diction, merely confuses. It would appear that Long has not yet found her narrative voice, but when she does, the song will be an enchanting one. Not recommended.

Ruth Cosstick, Ottawa, Ont.
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