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The Desire of Every Living Thing: A Search for Home
by Don Gillmor
At the age of eighty, Don Gillmor's grandmother let slip the defining secret of her life: her twin sister Jean was not her twin, but her aunt, and her family had emigrated from Scotland to Winnipeg to escape the stigma of her illegitimacy. That revelation set Gillmor off on what seemed at first like the most personal of quests: to track down his ancestors. The Desire of Ev ...more
Hardcover, 277 pages
Published October 12th 1999 by Random House Canada
(first published 1999)
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Found this book at my favourite used bookstore in Richmond Hill (Covernotes) and bought it because of the family secret premise. Little did I know that I would relate to the parts about Winnipeg so much. I now wonder which house on Windermere and Somerville I walked by every day to catch the bus on Pembina were the homes of Don Gillmor's family. Very well written. Loved the reference to tourism as the story we tell when company comes.
Author and journalist Don Gillmor was born in Fort Frances, Ontario in 1959 and presently lives in Toronto, Ontario. Don possesses a Bachelor of Arts degree in English Literature from the University of Calgary. He has worked for publisher John Wiley & Sons, and has written for a number of magazines including Rolling Stone, GQ, Premiere, and Saturday Night.; where he was made a contributing edi ...moreMore about Don Gillmor...