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Winner in 2001 of Canada's two most prestigious literary awards -- the Governor General's Award and the Giller Prize -- Richard B. Wright's celebrated novel Clara Callan is the powerful, moving story of two sisters and their life-changing experiences on the eve of World War II.

It is the year 1934, and in a small town in Canada, Clara Callan reluctantly takes leave of her sister, Nora, who is bound for the show business world of New York. It's a time when people escape from reality through radio and the movies, when the Dionne Quints make headlines, when the growing threat of fascism in Europe is a constant worry, and the two sisters -- vastly different in personality yet inextricably linked by a shared past -- try to find their place within the complex web of social expectations for young women in the 1930s.

While Nora embarks on a glamorous career as a radio soap opera star, Clara, a strong and independent-minded woman, struggles to observe the traditional boundaries of a small and tight-knit community without relinquishing her dreams of love, freedom, and adventure. But Nora's letters eventually begin to reveal that her life in the big city is a little less exotic than it may seem: though her career is flourishing, her free spirit is curbed by a string of fairly conventional and unsuccessful personal relationships. Meanwhile, the tranquil solitude of Clara's life is shattered by a series of unforeseeable events, turns of fate that require all of Clara's courage and strength, and that will put the seemingly unbreakable bond between the sisters to the test.

Ultimately, both discover not only the joys of love and possibility, but also the darker side of life -- violence, deception, and loss -- lurking just beneath the surface of everyday experience.

Clara Callan is a mesmerizing tribute to friendship and sisterhood, romance and redemption, written with such insight and passion that the characters' stories will remain with you long after you have read the last page.

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Hardback Editions

April 2004 : USA Turtleback
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard Bruce Wright
ISBN: 0-606-30498-3 / 978-0-606-30498-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Demco Media
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December 2003 : USA Library Binding

Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard Bruce Wright
ISBN: 1-4177-3550-3 / 978-1-4177-3550-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: San Val
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October 2002 : USA Hardback
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Title: Clara Callan: A Novel
Author(s): Richard B Wright
ISBN: 0-06-050606-7 / 978-0-06-050606-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper
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September 2002 : UK Hardback
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard B Wright
ISBN: 0-00-714488-1 / 978-0-00-714488-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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August 2001 : UK Hardback
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Title: Clara Callan: A novel (A Phyllis Bruce book)
Author(s): Richard B Wright
ISBN: 0-00-200501-8 / 978-0-00-200501-2 (UK edition)
Publisher: HarperFlamingoCollins
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Paperback Editions

May 2009 : Canada Paperback
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard B Wright
ISBN: 1-55468-480-3 / 978-1-55468-480-9 (Canada edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial Canada
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July 2004 : UK Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard B Wright
ISBN: 0-00-639406-X / 978-0-00-639406-8 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins
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December 2003 : USA Paperback
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Title: Clara Callan: A Novel
Author(s): Richard B Wright
ISBN: 0-06-050607-5 / 978-0-06-050607-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Harper Perennial
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September 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard B Wright
ISBN: 0-00-714487-3 / 978-0-00-714487-7 (UK edition)
Publisher: Flamingo
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August 2002 : UK Paperback
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Title: Clara Callan: A Novel
Author(s): Richard B Wright
ISBN: 0-00-639212-1 / 978-0-00-639212-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Harper Collins Canada
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June 2002 : Australia Paperback
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard B Wright
ISBN: 0-7322-7554-7 / 978-0-7322-7554-9 (Australia edition)
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers (Australia) Pty Ltd
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Audio Editions

October 2002 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard Wright
ISBN: 1-56511-761-1 / 978-1-56511-761-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
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September 2003 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Clara Callan (Highbridge Distribution)
Author(s): Richard Wright
ISBN: 1-56511-760-3 / 978-1-56511-760-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Highbridge Audio
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September 2003 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard B Wright
Publisher: HighBridge, a division of Recorded Books
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August 2003 : Canada Audio CD
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Cynthia Dale, Jennifer Dale
ISBN: 0-86492-339-2 / 978-0-86492-339-4 (Canada edition)
Publisher: BTC Audiobooks
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Kindle Editions

July 2014 : Canada Kindle edition
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Title: Clara Callan
Author(s): Richard B Wright
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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March 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Clara Callan: A Novel
Author(s): Richard B Wright
Publisher: HarperCollins e-books
Availability: Amazon