The Line Painter

The Line Painter It s a m when Carrie s car breaks down on the highway somewhere north of Lake Superior It s dark the road is quiet her cell phone is down and she is alone She took off from Toronto that mornin

  • Title: The Line Painter
  • Author: ClaireCameron
  • ISBN: 9780002008358
  • Page: 317
  • Format: Paperback
  • It s 1 08 a.m when Carrie s car breaks down on the highway somewhere north of Lake Superior It s dark, the road is quiet, her cell phone is down, and she is alone She took off from Toronto that morning, running from grief over the death of her boyfriend, and unable to cope with the truth about the events that led to it The relief Carrie feels as a truck pulls up soon tIt s 1 08 a.m when Carrie s car breaks down on the highway somewhere north of Lake Superior It s dark, the road is quiet, her cell phone is down, and she is alone She took off from Toronto that morning, running from grief over the death of her boyfriend, and unable to cope with the truth about the events that led to it The relief Carrie feels as a truck pulls up soon turns to fear after its driver offers her a lift Frank, her would be rescuer, is a line painter, putting lines on the road to stop people from being killed But after Carrie gets in the truck, she starts to realize that this will be the road trip of her life a trip of terror, transformation and forgiveness.Claire Cameron has created a unique portrait of Carrie, a young woman whose actions are driven by grief and shame, her personality a beguiling combination of na vet and streetsmarts Frank is equally sharply drawn, his flashes of humour and tenderness disguising the wreckage within Written in spare, unvarnished prose that brims with menace against the forbidding backdrop of a northern landscape, The Line Painter takes us on a riveting trip down a twisted road of memory and redemption Smoke I looked over He held up two cigarettes I had quit It was all part of my campaign of the past few years to try and grow up Quit smoking, drink less, no drugs, move in with boyfriend and play house, get a real job and wear a suit I stopped short of wearing nude coloured hosiery, but only just It was my own sort of a personal temperance plan If I could just suppress all my bad urges then um I d forgotten what, actually.But Frank wasn t just asking me to smoke This was quite a different thing Frank was trying to forge a link He was calling a truce He was trying to bond He was offering me a peace pipe of sorts, though packaged with a few chemicals and a filter.I took a smoke and accepted Frank s outstretched lighter I inhaled deeply I never have any trouble starting smoking again and I certainly didn t this time I sat down on the shoulder a safe distance away from him from The Line Painter

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    1. This book moves like a bullet, and the subject matter is a gripping and under-explored one: women's fear and how it intersects with women's deep desire for experience. A road story, with plenty of suprising twists and turns. Plus you'll learn how those white lines really get painted on the road.

    2. Written beautifully in minimalistic style. Great style which is often comical (the style as opposed to content). Deep undertones of tragedy and foreboding. Can't wait for the author's next book.

    3. I took this book on vacation with me, and while I didn't have a lot of opportunity to get much reading done, I still managed to finish it. When I wasn't reading, the book sort of sat on the edge of my consciousnessI wanted to know what was next for the characters and where the story would leadThe story is about a young woman who feels her life spiraling out of her control. Rather than sit at home and deal with the consequences, she chooses to hop into her car and take an impromptu road trip.Not [...]

    4. I'd describe The Line Painter as being very movie-like. It's focused: there are just a few key characters, a few settings. Minimalist, in a good way (you’re focused on what’s happening, not keeping track of who's who). It's suspenseful, but not overly plotty. The main story plays out over a few days, but with flashbacks to fill in the backstory. That The Line Painter was able to grab and hold my attention at a time when my brain was being pulled in multiple directions gets it two thumbs up. [...]

    5. What a truly strange book. A very fresh take on a pretty well-worn story - a woman driving alone when her car breaks down. Not sure I loved it but I certainly liked it much better than her second effort, "The Bear." She is definitely more of a story teller than a writer - think page-turning prose like John Grisham, rather than lyrical language such as Donna Tartt.

    6. A true page-turner. Went a bit awry in the middle, and couldn't help but think Claire was gearing up for "The Bear". Gained new appreciation for the lines!

    7. This is my second book of 13 for the 11th Annual Canadian Book Challenge hosted by The Indextrious Reader. This year's theme is "highways and byways" and the Line Painter definitely fits into the theme.This is an excellent book full of pain and regret and I enjoyed it right from the beginning. When I put it down I kept wondering what was going to happen to the main character and if she was in danger. The story is about a young woman who feels her life spiraling out of control and instead of deal [...]

    8. Carrie is unable to deal with the tragic death of her boyfriend, battling depression and guilt she quits her job and decides to take a road trip west to clear her head. Her car brakes down north of Lake Superior, in the middle of God's country where there is no cell phone service and humans are rarely seen.It is dark when a large truck pulls over, her rescuer Frank leaves her with an unfavourable gut feeling but with no other option available she accepts a ride to Hearst that seems never ending. [...]

    9. How I Came To Read This Book: Harper Collins sent me a free advance readers edition.The Plot: Carrie is reeling after the death of her boyfriend - a death she feels partially at least emotionally responsible for. She takes off on a spur-of-the-moment road trip, and lo and behold gets stranded on some backcountry Ontario highway. Cue the line painter, a man whose job is to work all night to repaint the lines you find on most streets. After blackmailing Carrie into helping him with his job, the tw [...]

    10. I read a favourable review of this book on a blog. Since Carrie is from Toronto, I thought I'd check it out.I enjoyed the writing style. It was a quick pace and didn't take me long to get through it.I didn't like Carrie and I thought the decisions she made, before and after her car broke down, were dumb. I didn't find Frank likeable either.So I would recommend this book for the writing style.

    11. Found this at a book and video store in Fergus, Ontario of all places. The novel is fairly gripping, as distant Hearst in Northern Ontario has its time in the sun. The female lead has fled Toronto, only to have her car break down. Then she meets the strange "line painter" who has a job to do (and he's got to get it done before the sun comes up, there, I just quoted from the Five Man Electrical Band!)

    12. I flew through this book in two nights. It was not what I expected but was extremely pleased with the storyline and the characters. It is always nice to read a great book by a Canadian Author.

    13. Claire Cameron is one of my favourite authors. The Line Painter isn't as good as The Bear but it's still pretty interesting. I like that her books are set in Ontario.

    14. Not what I expected but I liked it and thought it was impressive for a debut. Read the full review.

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