Joelle is about to lose her husband Marc, who has become obsessed with Ketia, a young Haitian woman. Ketia lies to her family to conceal her liaison with Marc. Joelle's friend Diane does not realize that her boyfriend Nazim has never told his Muslim family in Morocco about her. Then Nazim gets a letter that threatens his secret.Alice Zorn leads readers into the lives of aJoelle is about to lose her husband Marc, who has become obsessed with Ketia, a young Haitian woman. Ketia lies to her family to conceal her liaison with Marc. Joelle's friend Diane does not realize that her boyfriend Nazim has never told his Muslim family in Morocco about her. Then Nazim gets a letter that threatens his secret.Alice Zorn leads readers into the lives of a diverse cast of characters struggling with conflicting cultural values and the demands of intimacy. Set against the busy urban mosaic of Montreal, Arrhythmia is a study of betrayal: the large betrayals we commit against our loved ones, and the smaller ones we commit against ourselves....
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Full disclosure: Alice is a friend of mine as well as a writing mentor, which means that if I didn't like this book, I probably wouldn't have written about it, thus saving myself from any awkward moments.But I am writing about it, so that should tell you something right there. Not only am I writing about, I will be raving about it! So watch out.Set in Montreal on the eve of Y2K, the novel weaves together the stories of Joelle and Marc, Ketia, the Haitian nurse Marc has become obsessed with, and Joelle's best friend since childhood, Diane, and her live-in boyfriend Nazim. The dilemnas in this book are very human, and heart-breakingly realistic: miscommunication, cultural differences, self-delusion all come to a head in one way or another for all the characters. Critique: This is a tightly written book; if this book was a scarf, there would be no dropped stitches. Zorn weaves her way through the different lives of her characters in such a way that each crisis parallels another character's crisis.And I don't want to give too much away, but let us say that though the fight scenes aren't as physical as the Way of Shadows, they do not hold back any punches in the emotionally brutal arena. Marc's growing resentment of Joelle and her refusal to recognise it until he leaves is almost unbearable. His complete self-delusion about Ketia, twenty years his junior and from a very close knit cultural community, is almost tragicomic. Driving through both Ketia and Marc's story as well as Nazim (who hails from Morrocco) and Diane's is the hard reality that it is easier to connect with an individual than it is to a different culture, a reality we face daily here in the multi-ethnic Montreal.To conclude my little rave fest, I honestly could not put this book down ( I read it in a couple of days, which is saying a lot since I've been working ten hour days...). Alice doesn't mince words - her writing is sparse, tight and lyrical.I highly recommend you pick this book up (promise: no monsters, magic, or fantasy, except for the common, human made kind).
please see my review here: http://www.thewinnipegreview.com/wp/2...Reviewed by Beverly AkermanThough set a mere decade ago, on the cusp of the new millennium, Arrhythmia is an impressively old-fashioned novel based on the ancient and captivating geometry of the triangle.The love triangle, that is.Perhaps only a science nerd gone literary would find it peculiar that a book about a gastroenterology department secretary would employ, as its central motif, a dysfunction of the heart. But that’s just one of the mysteries of Alice Zorn’s second book and first novel, which follows on the heels of her 2009 debut story collection, Ruins and Relics.Zorn, who hails from Ontario but has lived in Montreal for years, has written an English book about multiple overlapping relationship triads in French Montreal.Her main character is Joelle, a blond ditherer of exceptionally mousy temperament. Joelle is married to Marc, whose meticulous nurse’s heartbeat is probably set via OCD. As the novel opens, in the winter of 1999, Marc is about to cheat on Joelle, his wife of 12 years (no kids), with Ketia (I am not revealing any more than the back cover blurb does)....