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The Girl In Saskatoon

3.26  ·  Rating Details ·  53 Ratings  ·  10 Reviews
In 1961, Alexandra Wiwcharuk was found murdered on the banks of the Saskatchewan River. As Sharon Butala writes, all of Saskatoon “came to a stop,” stunned by the brutal death of an attractive young woman who was a graduate nurse and had been crowned a beauty queen in local pageants. The murder became a touchstone moment for Saskatoon. More than 40 years later, it still ha ...more
Paperback, 272 pages
Published March 17th 2009 by Phyllis Bruce Books (first published March 24th 2008)
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Nov 21, 2009 Bonnie rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Bonnie by: Fiona
Although the Girl in Saskatoon is about a murder that took place in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan on May 18, 1962, I would not label it simply true-crime. The subtitle calls it “A Meditation on Friendship, Memory, and Murder”, and I agree; it is a meditation, though perhaps more about memory and murder than friendship. Some forty years after the crime Sharon Butala set out to gather the facts in hopes that she could find out who raped, savagely beat, and buried alive her former schoolmate, 23 year-old ...more
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Aug 17, 2015 Morgan Dhu rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Girl in Saskatoon, Sharon Butala's examination of the life and death of murder victim Alexandra Wiwcharuk, was of interest to me not just because of my fascination with certain elements of crime, violence and the human psyche, but because I, like the author, remember the girl from Saskatoon. Unlike the author, I never met her, but I lived in Saskatoon, a girl of seven years or so, in the aftermath of her death, and even as a child, I knew there was something about this death, mostly talked a ...more
Aug 24, 2009 Tiffany rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: True crime enthusiasts
Butala is a person who will dig, dig, dig until she is satisfied with the level of detail in her narrative. This kind of detail is irritating at first--if I had to read one more five-page description of the vastness of the prairies in Saskatchewan one more time, I was going to throw the book across the room.

BUT, I've got to say, once you get past the first fifty pages, this book is a gem. It serves to remember a girl who shouldn't be forgotten, who was brutally raped and murdered in 1962--a cas
Celeste Rousselot
I am so glad to have read this book. It was my first venture into the reading of Canadian literature. The facts that this grizzly murder took place in the "innocent" late 50's and early 60's, that people still said things like 'she got what she deserved,' that the investigation was mishandled, that numerous witnesses/suspects were not called to testify at the inquest. All these facts and more added to the swift pace of parts of the book.

On the other hand, some of the parts, which bored some read
So long as clauses are punctuated appropriately, a writer can assemble multiple independent clauses in a single sentence; in fact, a properly constructed sentence can be extended indefinitely, which has been done for the most part in this book. These long sentences, whose clauses were often bracketed here and there, made the reading painful, necessitating the reading and re-reading of the same lengthy sentence to make sense of details. Hope you can find a better editor, Sharon. Yes, this seems t ...more
Dec 23, 2015 Alexis rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I'm from Saskatoon and I love Sharon Butala. This book is about the 1962 murder of a girl named Alexandra Wiwcharuk. She was a young nursing student and beauty queen who was brutally murdered. Her murder has never been solved.

Sharon, the author, went to the same high school as Alex. In this book, she retraces her life and Alex's life and the details of the murder. It's an excellent example of creative non-fiction.

I learned a lot about the history of Saskatoon by reading this book. I kept on goin
Trudy Jaskela
This murder occured when I was in going to nursing school in Saskatoon. It rocked the city. Rumours were rampant in regards to the identity of the killer. No female went out alone in the evening. The book descibed the culture of Saskatoon ansd Saskatchewan in 1962 - small city, naive, no big murders before, police failed to take clues seriously.
Nov 03, 2010 Martha rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This is a good read.
Mar 02, 2016 Laura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Took a bit to get into but enjoyed it more as I got into it.
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Sharon Butala (born Sharon Annette LeBlanc, August 24, 1940 in Nipawin, Saskatchewan) is a Canadian writer and novelist.

Her first book, Country of the Heart, was published in 1984 and won the Books in Canada First Novel Award.

As head of the Eastend Arts Council she spearheaded the creation of the Wallace Stegner House Residence for Artists in which Wallace Stegner's childhood home was turned into
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