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With only lukewarm feelings towards the characters, it was difficult for these readers to feel moved by the story. This was especially true at the end, when characters are dropped into their supposed happy-everafters via purely coincidental encounters, as though the author was in a hurry to finish. And in terms of character relationships, it was as though Hay tried to create Hay writes achingly a love story but failed. “She didn’t explore the beautiful prose about theme that’s it’s possible to be in love with more than one person,” said one the North, but for this member. “The romances are very flat.” group her characters Despite all this, many members cried when a lack dimension. pivotal male character died, so moving was his final scene. And they agreed that Gwen, the novice announcer, was the one character to undergo true growth. While some characters (like Dido and the menacing Eddy) drift in and out of the story with little purpose or meaning, one member argued that this illustrates the inconstant life in the North. “You go North for a couple of years, and then you leave,” she explained, speaking from experience. “It’s always a part of you. You’ll never go back, but you’ll never forget.” CLUB VERDICT: One club member observed: “In northern places, there’s always a sense of what could be.” The same could be said of Hay’s novel, which fell short of this book club’s expectations. Unless you’re interested in the inner workings of a radio station or life in the Canadian North (which Hay does describe in achingly beautiful prose) you may find this book tedious. Still, given the national praise bestowed upon Hay’s novel, you may just want to read it anyway. Do you want your book club featured in the magazine? Please e-mail Adrienne Dyer at adyer@telus.net. If you liked Late Nights On Air, Tanner’s Books in Sidney also recommends: The Order of Good Cheer, by Bill Gaston Tenderness of Wolves, by Stef Penney

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