A meat truck carrying illegal immigrants is intercepted
at the Canadian-American border, but an unconscious woman is inadvertently
left inside the truck. Two strangers waiting in separate cars impulsively
smuggle her across the border – and their lives are changed
In this complex and compelling novel, Felicity
and Gus cross and re-cross borders – between countries, between
past and present, and between reality and illusion – as they
struggle to come to terms with borderlines of their own.
"Hospital is a stunningly stylish writer
who turns almost every chapter into a virtuoso performance. This
is a very clever, very fascinating book which should not be missed."
— Brenda Little, The Australian
"Complex and disturbing, a compelling attempt
to go beyond the safe borderlines within which much current fiction
— Cheri Fein, New York Times Book Review
"A novel of maturity, exuding literary confidence
comparable to Borges, Calvino, Barth... Borderline is among
the best novels in English of a new age, a novel of exceptional
quality, offering the reader exceptional worth."
— John Moss, A Reader's Guide to the Canadian Novel
"My personal books of the decade include
Janette Turner Hospital's Borderline, the style and shape,
the supple satisfyingly prose,the scintillating play of words and
ideas of which could keep me warm on a winter's night... One of
the most perfectly satisfying novels I have ever read."
— Katharine England, Adelaide Advertiser
"Exhilarating in its complexity and confidence...
in an age which insists that every problem has a solution, Hospital
has the courage to remind us that there are questions to which there
are no answers."
— Ken Adachi, Toronto Star
"Hospital writes a rich and allusive prose
that is a delight to read."
— Montreal Gazette
"This book is brilliant in its several meanings:
sparkling, intelligent, distinguished ... Hospital is in complete
and wondrous control of her material. Borderline is a book to be
urged on one's friends."
— Shirley Streshinsky, San Francisco Chronicle
||Hodder & Stoughton 1985
of Queensland Press paperback 1987, reprinted 1990, 2003
||McClelland & Stewart 1985
Seal paperback 1986
Hodder & Stoughton 1985
Virago Modern Classics paperback 1990
Bantam paperback 1986
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