Clara Callan Author:Richard B. Wright It's the late 1930s and two sisters, Clara and Nora Callan, face the future with both hope and uncertainty. Clara, a 30ish schoolteacher who lives in small-town Ontario, longs for love and adventure. Nora, her flighty and pretty younger sister, escapes to the excitement of New York where she lands a starring role in a radio soap and becomes a ... more »minor celebrity.
Clara Callan takes us inside the hearts and minds of these characters as if we were eavesdropping on their conversations. Their daily routine is set against a richly detailed portrait of the 1930s, when people found escape from the Depression through radio and the movies, when the Dionne Quints made the headlines, and when the growing threat of fascism in Europe was a constant worry. Surrounding the seemingly tranquil lives of the sisters is a darker side of life. Violence, deception and loss, it seems, are never far away from Clara and Nora as they jouney from innocence to experience.
The Callan sisters, so differnt yet so inextricably linked, face the future in their own ways, discovering the joys of love, the price of infidelity, and the capacity for sorrow lurking beneath the surface of everyday experience. A brilliantly realised, deeply moving novel, Clara Callan is a masterpiece of fiction.« less