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Brighten the Corner Where You Are

(2020)
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But I had known since forever that it's colours that keep the world turning,

that keep a person going.


One glimpse of the tiny painted house that folk art legend Maud Lewis shared with her husband, Everett, in Marshalltown, Nova Scotia, during the mid-twentieth century and the startling contrast between her joyful artwork and her life's deprivations is evident. One glimpse at her photo and you realize, for all her smile's shyness, she must've been one tough cookie. But, beneath her iconic resilience, who was Maud, really? How did she manage, holed up in that one-room house with no running water, married to a miserly man known for his drinking? Was she happy, or was she miserable? Did painting save or make her Everett's meal ticket? And then there are the darker secrets that haunt her story: the loss of her parents, her child, her first love.

Against all odds, Maud Lewis rose above these constraints—and this is where you'll find the Maud of Brighten the Corner Where You Are: speaking her mind from beyond the grave, freed of the stigmas of gender, poverty, and disability that marked her life and shaped her art. Unfettered and feisty as can be, she tells her story her way, illuminating the darkest corners of her life. In possession of a voice all her own, Maud demonstrates the agency that hovers within us all.

Genre: Literary Fiction

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September 2020 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Brighten the Corner Where You Are: A Novel Inspired by the Life of Maud Lewis
Author(s): Carol Bruneau
ISBN: 1-77108-883-4 / 978-1-77108-883-1 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Vagrant Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   


Kindle Editions

September 2020 : USA, Australia, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Brighten the Corner Where You Are
Author(s): Carol Bruneau
Publisher: Vagrant Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   Amazon AU