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  • Keywords
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    • Literary fiction,
    • Historical fiction,
    • Dysfunctional families,
    • Coming of age,
    • Canadian Prairies,
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The Other Path
by Corinne Jeffery

Alyssa Rainer is on the cusp of graduating as a registered nurse and has her whole life ahead of her. Yet she is torn between two alluring opportunities: starting her career while continuing her studies in Saskatoon, or relocating from Brandon to Winnipeg, where a whirlwind romance tempts her to abandon her long-held plans. Should Alyssa follow her heart or her mind? Set in the mid-1960s, Alyssa’s young life is scarred by the death of her brother, her father’s racism, her mother’s abuse, and her parents’ tumultuous marriage, which make her eager to venture off on her own. But the ghosts of the past haunt her and despite Alyssa’s successes, the future she had envisioned does not unfold as anticipated. Decades later, Alyssa reflects on the tough choices she made during her life, wondering, What if? What if she had taken a different path, like the doppelgänger she has been mistaken for over the years who appears to be living a parallel life—perhaps the one meant for Alyssa?

"A rare, immediately immersive experience in literature." —Scott Hayes, journalist, St. Albert Gazette "Engrossing! A fun read from start to finish." —Jane Congdon, author, It Started with Dracula: The Count, My Mother, and Me "Corinne Jeffery's writing is full of poignant prairie stuff. Jeffery is a mild annoyance to those of us who scribbled away for years - or decades - without producing a book. I hope she keeps writing. But I reserve the right to be jealous." —Scott McKeen, 30-year Edmonton journalist and writer "These intriguing and piquant characters will remain in my memory for years to come." —Ronald Russell, award-winning journalist and author of Don Carina. "Corinne Jeffery is a very fine storyteller." —Todd Babiak, Edmonton Journal columnist, screenwriter, and award-winning, best-selling author of The Garneau Block and Toby: A Man

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Corinne Jeffery is the author of the bestselling Canadian historical fiction trilogy Understanding Ursula with titles Arriving: 1909–1919 (2011) Thriving: 1920–1939 (2012) and Choosing: 1940–1989 (2013). She is also the author of Lords and Lepers (2018), an intriguing coming of age novel set in the Canadian prairies, and The Reluctant Author (2020), a fictionalized memoir. Since she learned to read, Jeffery has dreamed of writing a novel. She also took “the other path,” attaining a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Manitoba and becoming an educator with Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. The Other Path is her sixth novel. After many years in Winnipeg, Jeffery and her family moved to St. Albert, Alberta, where they are now long-time residents.


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