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Canada by Richard Ford
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Read in June, 2012

CANADA. (2012). Richard Ford. ****.
It’s been a while since Mr. Ford’s last book, but this was worth the wait. In it, we are introduced to the Parsons family: Bev, the father; Neena, the mother, Berner, the daughter, and Dell, the son. The kids are 15-year-old twins. The story is narrated by Dell, but at a distance of fifty years. The family lived in Great Falls, Montana. Bev, the dad, had been discharged from the service and was in the process of finding his umpteenth job – none of them seemed to work out. When a shady deal he had going with the local indians to supply beef (rustled) to local restaurants at discount prices, he found himself with a group of not-too-happy indians who wanted their money. He had a plan, though: he and his wife would rob a bank. Of course, with his luck, they got caught. This failed act had it effects on the kids, of course, and we learn how their lives were bent afterwards. Mostly, the story is about Dell and his later adventures when he was shipped off to Canada by his mother’s friends. He ends up in a goose hunting resort in a small town that doesn’t even deserve a name, under the care of a man named Arthur Remlinger. Arthur is 38-years-old and has some kind of a past that Dell eventually finds out about. This, too, gets him into another series of scrapes that he has to work his way out of. Basically, the book is about acceptance of what life throws at you and how you have to cope with it as best you can. Recommended.
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