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Gowdy, Barbara

Works: 60 works in 474 publications in 21 languages and 7,614 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Psychological fiction  Domestic fiction  Thrillers (Fiction)  Nature stories  Action and adventure fiction  Drama  Romance fiction  Short stories  Comedy films 
Roles: Author, Conceptor, Bibliographic antecedent, Creator
Classifications: PR9199.3.G658, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works about Barbara Gowdy
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Most widely held works by Barbara Gowdy
Helpless : a novel by Barbara Gowdy( Book )

50 editions published between 2006 and 2013 in 7 languages and held by 1,411 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

When the nine-year-old daughter of a hard-working single mother, a child whose luminous beauty has drawn both benign and sinister attention, is stolen from her home during a summer blackout, a full-scale search is launched, but the child's only hope lies in someone torn between loyalty to the abductor and the desire to save her
The white bone : a novel by Barbara Gowdy( Book )

82 editions published between 1998 and 2014 in 13 languages and held by 1,368 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A novel on elephants from the elephants' point of view. It is set in Africa and its protagonists are members of a family trying to survive drought and poachers. The elephants are portrayed as having almost human senses, including a sense of humor
The romantic : a novel by Barbara Gowdy( Book )

58 editions published between 2003 and 2015 in 11 languages and held by 1,071 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lacking maternal love since the age of nine, when her mother abandoned the family, Louise Kirk develops a near-lifelong obsession with the boy from across the street--now a man who is incapable of loving her as much as she loves him
Mister Sandman : a novel by Barbara Gowdy( Book )

42 editions published between 1995 and 2014 in 7 languages and held by 799 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A zany novel on Joan, dropped on her head at birth. Joan grows to be a dwarf unable to speak, but able to mimic sound to the point of even playing the piano. The novel describes the impact she has on her family: Joan's 15-year-old mother, Joan's lesbian grandmother, her homosexual grandfather, and the grandfather's male lover, none other than Joan's father. By the author of We So Seldom Look on Love
Little sister by Barbara Gowdy( Book )

9 editions published in 2017 in English and held by 753 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Thunderstorms are rolling across the summer sky. Every time one breaks, Rose Bowan loses consciousness and has vivid, realistic dreams about being in another woman's body. Is Rose merely dreaming? Or is she, in fact, inhabiting a stranger? Disturbed yet entranced, she sets out to discover what is happening to her, leaving the cocoon of her family's small repertory cinema for the larger, upended world of someone wildly different from herself. Meanwhile her mother is in the early stages of dementia, and has begun to speak for the first time in decades about another haunting presence: Rose's younger sister. In Little Sister, one woman fights to help someone she has never met, and to come to terms with a death for which she always felt responsible. With the elegant prose and groundbreaking imagination that have earned her international acclaim, Barbara Gowdy explores the astonishing power of empathy, the question of where we end and others begin, and the fierce bonds of motherhood and sisterhood
Falling angels by Barbara Gowdy( Book )

61 editions published between 1988 and 2011 in 12 languages and held by 652 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

After spending a vacation underground in the family's bomb shelter, three sisters find a family photo album with three years missing and some evidence that there was a fourth child
The best American short stories, 1989( Book )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 541 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"100 other distinguished short stories of the year 1988": p. [326]-329
We so seldom look on love : stories by Barbara Gowdy( Book )

43 editions published between 1992 and 2014 in 6 languages and held by 450 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Stories about a female necrophile, a lonely exhibitionist, a two-headed man, Siamese twins, a young girl with a severely enlarged head, a transsexual
Through the green valley by Barbara Gowdy( Book )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 182 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Helpless by Barbara Gowdy( Recording )

11 editions published between 2007 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 63 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ron, an appliance repairman, spots nine-year-old Rachel one day outside her school. Though Rachel is a stranger to him, he convinces himself that she is his responsibility. His feelings for her are at once tender, misguided and chillingly possessive. At all costs, he knows he must protect her from "bad" men - bad men who want to harm her. When Rachel disappears one summer night, her mother Celia is stricken with guilt and terror. As the media coverage of the abduction escalates, Celia longs for the return of her angelically beautiful daughter
Kissed by Lynne Stopkewich( Visual )

12 editions published between 1996 and 2007 in 3 languages and held by 37 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sandra is a young woman who has been fascinated with the dead since childhood. When she gets a job in a funeral home, she finds herself more and more attracted to the recently deceased men inside. Her very-much-alive boyfriend tries to be patient about her morbid obsession, but it isn't easy
Growing Up Canadian: Health by Susan Terrill( Visual )

1 edition published in 2003 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Early campaigns to fight poverty and disease and help children grow up healthy led to the introduction of the school nurse, nose blowing drills and lice inspections. From open-air schools to confusing sex education classes, Health was a part of the curriculum throughout the last century. This episode traces the rise of dental care, from early century programs in schools to dentists traveling to remote areas by boat or train. Canadians recall terrifying epidemics and lengthy periods of quarantine. Home remedies were frightening enough to keep children from complaining about being ill. Over the course of the century we see the impact of public health care on children's lives"--Container
Falling angels : [a nuclear family film] by Jiri Kylian( Visual )

5 editions published between 2003 and 2005 in English and Undetermined and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The wryly funny story of three sisters coming of age in a wildly dysfunctional family. Set against the backdrop of sixties' free love, the Cold War, LSD and the dawn of feminism, Falling angels is a look at what really goes on beneath the surface of suburban harmony and bliss
The romantic by Barbara Gowdy( Recording )

6 editions published between 2003 and 2012 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Louise Kirk's mother 'disappeared' when she was nine, shortly before the Richters move in next door with their adopted son Abel. From their childhood friendship evolves a love that binds Louise and Abel for the rest of their lives, though Louise eventually discovers that she cannot get Abel to love her as fiercely and exclusively as she loves him. Only when she comes face to face with another great loss is she finally forced to confront the costs of abandoning herself to another
Kleine Schwester by Barbara Gowdy( Book )

6 editions published in 2017 in German and Undetermined and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ein Gewitter nach dem anderen zieht sich in diesem heißen Sommer am Himmel zusammen und immer, wenn es ausbricht, verliert Rose Bowan das Bewusstsein und hat intensive, vollkommen realistische Träume, in denen sie im Körper einer anderen Frau ist. Sind das nur Träume? Oder >>bewohnt<< sie tatsächlich eine Fremde? Was geschieht ihr? So verstört wie fasziniert fängt sie an zu recherchieren, verlässt den Kokon des kleinen Programmkinos ihrer Familie und taucht in das aufgewühlte Leben von jemandem ein, der ganz anders ist als sie. Gleichzeitig erkrankt ihre Mutter an Demenz und fängt an - zum ersten Mal seit Jahrzehnten -, über eine andere gespenstische Präsenz zu sprechen: über Roses kleine Schwester. In Kleine Schwester erkundet Barbara Gowdy die erstaunliche Macht der Empathie, die Frage, wo wir aufhören und die anderen anfangen, und erzählt mit großer Eindringlichkeit von den tiefen familiären Bindungen, die uns prägen - ob wir wollen oder nicht. (Quelle:
Elephant dreams( Visual )

1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows author Barbara Gowdy to Kenya and, via dramatized segments of her research-based novel The white bone, explores the emotional lives and conscious self-awareness of elephants
Mister Sandman by Barbara Gowdy( Recording )

6 editions published between 1995 and 2012 in English and held by 8 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Young Joan Canary is tiny, will not talk, and hides from the world in the closet in her room. She is also a musical prodigy. Nor is her family average. Each one of them is struggling through unfamiliar feelings and passions, but they learn from one another, and especially from Joan
The white bone by Barbara Gowdy( Recording )

6 editions published between 1998 and 2002 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mud is a young elephant cow, orphaned at birth and blessed with visionary powers. Her adoptive family roams the plains in search of water holes, until they are found by ivory poachers. Many are killed, and Mud and the other survivors set out to search for the legendary Safe Place
Body and soul : short story by Barbara Gowdy( )

2 editions published between 2002 and 2014 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Presbyterian crosswalk : short story by Barbara Gowdy( )

1 edition published in 2014 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Sometimes Beth floated. Two or three feet off the ground, and not for very long, ten seconds or so." Gifted eleven-year-old Beth believes she can cure her hydrocephalic playmate Helen if they just chant hard enough. But are their words enough' Hailed as "remarkable and uplifting" by The Globe and Mail and published to equally glowing acclaim around the world, Barbara Gowdy's groundbreaking collection of stories, We So Seldom Look on Love, pushes past the limits of convention into lives that are fantastic and heartbreakingly real. HarperCollins brings great works of literature to life in digital format, upholding the highest standards in ebook production and celebrating reading in all its forms. Look for more titles in the HarperCollins short-stories collection to build your digital library
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Helpless : a novel
Alternative Names
Barbara Gowdy Canadees romanschrijfster

Barbara Gowdy écrivaine canadienne

Barbara Gowdy escritora canadiense

Barbara Gowdy kanadische Schriftstellerin

Barbara Gowdy kanadyjska pisarka

Gaudija, Barbara

Gowdy, Barbara

Барбара Гауди

ガウディ, バーバラ



The white bone : a novelThe romantic : a novelMister Sandman : a novelFalling angelsWe so seldom look on love : stories