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Aritha Van Herk has done an amazing job in her novel depicting a restless secretary feeling pale and burned out under the fluorescent lights of her office bathroom who transforms herself into a pig farmer. Slowly, and with great skill, the author brings out Judith. It is a simple but powerful story of a woman. Loved it.
This was first novel by young Dutch-Canadian woman in Canada back in 1978. She obviously had some bad experiences with men and this story of a young woman running her own pig farm by herself contains strong feminist themes. But she was a superb writer and I hope to read more of her work.
Aritha van Herk is universally recognized as one of Canada’s most original and imaginative writers. She is the author of a number of highly acclaimed books. She is a passionate lover, critic and devourer of all aspects of Calgary, from its unpredictable history to its unfulfilled potential.More about Aritha Van Herk...