Coming September 2018
Dear Evelyn follows a seventy-year-long wartime marriage between two seemingly incompatible partners in sometimes tender, sometimes excruciating detail. Studded with allusions to poems and novels, it is set in locations that include London during the 1920s and 1940s, Tunisia during World War Two, the Cotswolds, a new post-war suburb, and a Mediterranean cruise ship. The protagonist, Harry Miles, is born on a working-class London street, wins a scholarship, and grows into a sensitive man torn between a love of poetry and a more prosaic ability to understand what is required of him and do it. Evelyn, the magnetic and demanding woman whom he marries as WW2 breaks out, increasingly tests Harry’s capacity to love, and, on the cusp of death, abandons him. This is a love story, albeit an unconventional one. It plunges the reader into Harry’s emotional life, and studies two people who shape each other in the course of a shared lifetime—withholding judgment as to whether this is, ultimately, for better, or for worse.
Praise for Kathy Page
“Tight, strange, nifty stories.”—Margaret Atwood
“Her fiction is sensuous and verdant, grafting lyrical prose onto stories and situations that appear almost as legends.”—National Post
“Deceptively expansive short stories…[Page’s] ability to find little frissons of shock or recognition in situations just this side of mundane marks her as a significant miniaturist…”—Quill & Quire
“The Two of Us contains stories about pairs, couples, dyads–mainly intense one-on-one relationships… [and Page’s] duos are all united by a primal desire for intimacy.”—BC Booklook