I had looked over the list of finalists for 2017 Canada Reads, but it was hearing a CBC radio interview with the author that had me headed to the bookI had looked over the list of finalists for 2017 Canada Reads, but it was hearing a CBC radio interview with the author that had me headed to the bookstore to pick up this novel. I was captivated by the author's portrayal of several generations of indigenous women in this family; their roles, relationships, and how they come together to heal themselves and each other after a brutal attack on one of their youngest daughters. Bleak yet compelling, harshly honest and told with both straight-forward truth and unique sentiment & emotion, this debut novel is worth the read....more
Fabulous, compelling, beautiful writing! This novel is character, not plot driven; one of my favorite styles to read. As readers, I think most of us wFabulous, compelling, beautiful writing! This novel is character, not plot driven; one of my favorite styles to read. As readers, I think most of us want to read about the human condition, characters grappling with themes common to all of us. It lets us know we are all human, and not alone. This read, then, is about a flawed family (extended-by-those-almost-family) group whose relationships are tenuous, poorly nurtured, misleading and complicated at best.
Their hopes and ideas about their interpersonal relationships don't match reality or the current situation. I found it very intriguing, particularly Ingrid's letters, who is absent but became the character I knew/identified with the most. What a fresh, compelling angle! wondering what, why, when, how and where it was all going to converge together in the in real time story.
In some respects, I was left with more questions than answers, truths implied, not confirmed. Those readers needing a firm resolution may be frustrated with this, but I found once I turned the last page, I was able to take a step back, considering, and it kept me thinking.
That, is a successful story by a talented author....more
Amazing, fortunate and somewhat haunting to be reading this novella, published just within the last decade, from a young author who died at AuschwitzAmazing, fortunate and somewhat haunting to be reading this novella, published just within the last decade, from a young author who died at Auschwitz in 1942. It may not be a polished work, but considering the circumstances, and that is was likely a draft, we nonetheless have a well written story of emotional and impulsive youth contrasted with the logical steady thinking of the maturity of an older generation, within a family and community of rural France. I enjoyed this book, and am grateful for the privilege of reading and remembering Irene Nemirovsky and her work....more
I won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. I love reading Canadian authors, so I was so excited to be able to get an advance readeI won an ARC of this book in a Goodreads first-reads giveaway. I love reading Canadian authors, so I was so excited to be able to get an advance reader's copy. And from an author whose other novels I have enjoyed! In this memoir, Sharon Butala walks through her memories of her drastic life change in her 30's, choosing a new life with husband Peter, which took her from city life to a remote, somewhat secluded small community in southwest Saskatchewan, where he ran his family cattle and hay ranch. Her 33 years there, among nature and the land, shaped her as a person, and as an author. Following Peter's death, she grapples with grief, loss and beginning the next stage of her life away from the land that has been her home for so long. "I believe that once you find yourself -your real self - still there inside, and you begin to see yourself as alive, and indeed, as worthy of a life, a real life, that drabness will slowly disa[[erar as the spirit flares up again. Grief has it's own timetable." pg 147 Thanks to Goodreads, Simon & Shuster Canada, and Ms Butala for the opportunity to read this ARC....more