Just a quick drive North and we’ve made it to our very last stop on our Summer Passport tour: the one, the only…CANADA! Welcome to the true North, strong and free where hockey is not a sport but a way of life and poutine is its own food group.
Richard Ford is going to start off our tour with his novel entitled (appropriately) Canada. The novel begins: “First, I’ll tell about the robbery our parents committed. Then the murders, which happened later.” Largely set in Saskatchewan, Canada is the story of a young boy named Dell Parsons forced to flee from the US into Canada because his parents chose to become robbers. Dell struggles to adjust to his life of hard work and encompassing solitude on the lonely flats of the Prairies.
Susan Juby will be our next guide with her novel: The Woefield Poultry Collective. A twenty-something year-old New Yorker named Prudence Burns has just found out that her uncle has left her his farm on Vancouver Island. Full of back-to-the-land ideals, Prudence packs up her things and moves out to the farm, only to find out that the bank is on the verge of foreclosing Woefield Farm. Prudence, together with Earl, a seventy-something year old man, Seth, the alcoholic and celebrity blogging boy whose life has been shut-in by scandal involving his high school drama teacher and Sara, an intelligent go-getter eleven year-old looking for a home for her prize-winning chickens, dig their heels in to save the farm.
From the Rocky Mountains, to the Prairies, to the lushness of the Maritimes, Canada has something to offer everyone. Click here to get your piece of Canada by entering to win copies of these books!