A sad, funny tale of friendship and families, of debts owed and lives restored. Ledger of the Open Hand crackles with the clarity and purity of voice... A wonderful, wonderful read.
Worlds collide when cautious, small-town Meriel-Claire meets her well-heeled college roommate, the self-assured, charismatic Daneen. As Meriel tries to become independent, Daneen insinuates herself into Meriel's family--and grudges and deficits accumulate.
Meriel's passion for order and numbers leads her into a career as a debt counsellor. But straightening out the books for strangers is far easier than reconciling her own complicated relationships. After years of allegiance, family tragedy, and romantic conflict, Daneen's exploitative behavior will force Meriel to reconsider the high cost of loyalty.
With wit and remarkable insight, this debut novel takes a fresh look at our tendency to treat love as a balance sheet.
Michael Crummey named Ledger one of his 2015 Best Books of the Year, calling it a subtle, deeply affecting novel. "A story about friendship, family and debts of all description: financial, emotional, generational, literary. There are a lot of balls in the air here, and Vryenhook juggles them with a professional ease."