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Frances Greenslade

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I was born in the Niagara Peninsula and grew up playing in the orchards and vineyards around our family's hobby farm. I can remember climbing under the thickest cover of grape vines to read and write stories in the long grass there. I wrote my first novel at age 10 when we moved to Winnipeg. The story involved an attic,a girl and a mystery. I still have a fascination with attics and abandoned houses today. In fact they haunt me in recurring dreams.
I'm also fascinated with the idea of home and shelter and how our mothers are our first "home." My first two books are A Pilgrim in Ireland and By the Secret Ladder, both non-fiction memoirs.
My latest book is a novel, Shelter, about two sisters whose mother suddenly leaves them to billet with a...more


I'm re-reading A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. This time of year, I start thinking about "beach reading," by which I mean something juicy, totally engrossing and narrative-driven. Reading to get sun-burned by (because I stay too long, not wanting to put the book down). A Fine Balance isn't a beach read. It's like several novels in one and each story winds out in an inevitable flattening of t... Read more of this blog post »
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Shelter
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By the Secret Ladder
3.38 of 5 stars 3.38 avg rating — 13 ratings — published 2007
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