Tag: Canadian author

Joan Clark’s — An audience of chairs *****

Joan Clark’s — An audience of chairs *****

Moranna lives in a Cape Bretton farm house in a small village. She is often alone when her partner, Bun is away working on the ferries between islands. Although she is considered mad by the locals, she decides to attend her daughter’s impending wedding in Halifax once she learns the news. But will she be welcome?

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Denise Chong’s — The concubine’s children *****

Denise Chong’s — The concubine’s children *****

This is a fascinating tale of Chan Sam, who left his wife in China to find gold in British Columbia. In Vancouver, he bought a concubine who worked in Chinatown to support both families.

This memoir gives a deep insight into the early lives of Chinese immigrants to Canada — the hard work they endured, the loneliness they faced, and the deep prejudice.

M. Wylie Blanchet’s — The curve of time *****

M. Wylie Blanchet’s — The curve of time *****

After being widowed in 1927, Blanchet took off with her children as skipper in her seven metre boat every summer to tour deserted inlets and abandoned First Nation villages. She cruised from her home on Vancouver Island along the Straight of Georgia between the Gulf Islands braving storms and engine breakdowns single handed.

This is a wonderful memoir that made me feel I was on an extended holiday to these isolated and pristine locations.

Sharon Bala’s — The Boat People

Sharon Bala’s — The Boat People

A 2018 Canada reads contester was inspired by the over five hundred people who arrived on Canada’s west coast from Sri Lanka.

We learn of Mahindan’s life in Lanka where he was a mechanic at the mercy of both the Lankan government and the Tigers; in Canada, Grace, a hard line adjudicator has a tough stance on those who don’t arrive through the proper channels; and Priya, a lawyer dragged into working with the refugees when she wants to specialize in corporate law.

What will happen to the refugees who are turned back? How will the Canadian officials’ characters change after working with the Tamils for months? This is absolutely the best read on the crisis in Lanka (that still continues today for anyone not Buddhist) and what Tamils have had to endure to stay alive.

Mariam Toews — A boy of good breeding *****

Mariam Toews — A boy of good breeding *****

Hosea Funk, the mayor of a small town, is obsessed in obtaining the perfect population figure in the hope of meeting the prime minister. He drags Knute along as he checks on births and deaths, making this a humourous tale. Continue reading “Mariam Toews — A boy of good breeding *****”