A Circle on the Surface

A Circle on the Surface

by Carol Bruneau
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  • historical
  • literary

It’s 1943. Enman and Una Greene are newly married. Each is haunted by their respective pasts, and each harbours secrets. They have hopes of a happy life together — though they have little idea how to create such a life. Enman brings Una to his childhood home in rural Barrein, Nova Scotia, where he hopes they will stay. Una is restless and feeling increasingly trapped, and longs for the city life she once had. Una meets a mysterious man, and then a body washes up on a beach. There are rumours of German sailors roaming the dunes. When the Greenes receive the news they have been waiting for, and that Una is convinced will save her and her marriage, she she begins to unravel in ways neither is prepared for.

From critically acclaimed and bestselling author Carol Bruneau comes an achingly honest portrait of a marriage in a time of war — and an examination of how it is that we come to know ourselves.


Carol Bruneau, author

Carol Bruneau is the acclaimed author of three short story collections, including A Bird on Every Tree, published by Vagrant Press in 2017, and four other novels. Her first novel, Purple for Sky, won the 2001 Thomas Head Raddall Atlantic Fiction Award and the Dartmouth Book Award. Her 2007 novel, Glass Voices, was a Globe & Mail Best Book and has become a book club favourite. Her reviews, stories, and essays have appeared nationwide in newspapers, journals, and anthologies, and two of her novels have been published internationally. She lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her husband, their dog and cat.


  • Carol Bruneau's latest novel holds your heart right to the last, devastating sentence. In the tender lives of Enman and Una, naïve love and profound loneliness are infused with universal questions: peril and mortality, how and why we love and the unknowable mystery of a human soul. A compassionate and beautiful read. - Carole Giangrande, author of All That Is Solid Melts Into Air
  • An unsparing but nonjudgmental portrait of a community and of a marriage facing threats from without and within. - Mark Blagrave, author of Commonwealth Award–shortlisted novel Silver Salts

Rights Holder

Rights Holder: Nimbus Publishing Ltd.

email: tbulger@nimbus.ca

website: https://www.nimbus.ca/

rights sold: Canada

rights available: World

Additional Information

number of pages: 264

publication date: 09/15/2018

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript