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It is 1950, and nine-year-old Willa's sheltered childhood is about to come to an end when her two new stepbrothers arrive at her family's summer home in British Columbia. When, one afternoon, Patrick lures Willa into a dilapidated rowboat, Willa embarks upon an increasingly damaging relationship with Patrick, one that will forever reconfigure her understanding of herself and her place in a menacing, male-dominated world. When Willa finally realizes the danger of her relationship with Patrick, she desperately tries to reverse their dynamic, with devastating results.
Publisher: Toronto : Hamish Hamilton Canada, ©2017.
ISBN: 9780670068272
Characteristics: 230 pages ;,22 cm.


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It is 1950, and nine-year-old Willa’s childhood is about to end when her two new stepbrothers arrive at her family’s summer home. Willa finds herself alone in the off-kilter company of the younger, Patrick. When Patrick lures Willa into a dilapidated rowboat, they embark upon an increasingly dama... Read More »

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liljables Jun 26, 2018

We meet Willa in the summer of 1950, when she's nine years old and living on Salt Spring Island. Willa's family has recently grown thanks to her mother's remarriage - step-siblings Patrick and Kenneth join the summertime melee alongside Willa, her younger brother and older sister. Of particular interest is Patrick, two years older than Willa and oddly captivating, vacillating between subtle aggression and flattering attention.

This quick and provocative read is not your average coming-of-age story. Demi-gods explores the power dynamics of adolescence, with Willa torn between wielding her newly-acquired feminine wiles (learned at the knee of her manipulative mother) and bending to Patrick's psycho-sexual mind games. For a low-key freak like myself, Demi-gods is the perfect summer read - the writing is lush and sensual, and Willa and Patrick's relationship is dysfunctional in the most enthralling way.

May 28, 2018

This book has beautiful writing, nuanced characters and many social issues to think about. It made me think particularly of the way one person may influence another and not necessarily in a good way. However, even the twisted Patrick is a creature to be pitied and not a completely dark uni-dimentional person. The book also explores the issue of women not feeling maternal but being expected by society to conform to that image. It is not a pretty book with a feel good ending, it is a book with depth.

Oct 18, 2017

Seemed to be about small teenage happenings but nothing worth writing about
except an act of stupidity at the end. Only finished it as I had already put in the time thinking it would have to have some substance soon.

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