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Uncertain Weights and Measures (Audiobook)

Uncertain Weights and Measures (Audiobook)

Duration:  13h 30m Unabridged
Published:   September 7, 2021
BTC Audiobooks  /  Fiction  /  Novels  /  Historical Fiction
Digital Audio:   9781773102610    $45.00  SRP
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Moscow, 1921. Tatiana and Sasha meet in a bookstore the night it is bombed and fall in love. Tatiana is a promising young scientist, who soon follows her mentor to the Institut Mozga to study the source of genius. Sasha is an artist, who drifts aimlessly in a world increasingly indifferent to his art.

When her mentor suddenly dies, Tatiana begins to speculate about the shadowy circumstances of his death. Disconcerted, she plunges into doubt — about her work as a scientist, her naïveté about the Revolution, her faith in the state, and her relationship with Sasha.

Uncertain Weights and Measures takes place in the heady days of post-Revolution Russia when belief in a higher purpose was everything. Jocelyn Parr’s beautifully incisive prose captures the ambiance of 1920s Moscow and the frisson of real-life events while also spinning a captivating tale of a love torn apart by ideology and high-stakes politics.
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Jocelyn Parr was born in New Zealand, but grew up on Canada's West Coast. Her writing has been published in France, Germany, and Canada and in magazines such as Matrix, Grain, and Brick Magazine. She now lives in Montreal, where she teaches history at Dawson College

Inez Summerville has narrated several audiobooks for CNIB. She lives in Toronto.


Winner: Quebec Writers’ Federation Concordia University First Book Prize
Shortlisted: Governor General's Literary Award for Fiction
Named a favourite book by The National Post
Shortlisted: Kobo Emerging Writer Prize


"The story of a Russia—and a love—at the precipice, poised between dreaming and giving in. As in Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels or Bellow’s Seize the Day, Parr’s characters seem to move under the surface of the page—breathing, changing, flawed, and resilient." — Sean Michaels, author of Us Conductors

"An illuminating and assured debut. Parr deftly incorporates her historical research into an affecting story about a young woman grappling with the tense intersections between art and science, politics and idealism, duty and love." — Catherine Cooper, author of White Elephant

"A historical novel that feels refreshingly contemporary, Uncertain Weights and Measures exposes the tensions between ideology and conviction, politics and art, truth and power. This remarkable debut novel is both a compelling love story and a thoughtful exploration of the human heart and mind." — Johanna Skibsrud, author of Quarter for the End of Time

"Uncertain Weights and Measures goes for it and gets there." — Quill & Quire

"In this confident and accomplished novel, Parr creates a detailed portrait of a world haunted by the past but uncertain of its future direction." — Atlantic Books Today

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