Wednesday, 10 February 2010

Canadian Fiction

Finished February 6
The Boys in the Trees by Mary Swan
This book shows vignettes of life around the family of William, his wife, and two daughters, immigrants from Britain in the early twentieth century. They seem a devoted family, protective of their eldest daughter who has medical issues. When William commits an unthinkable crime, the people whose lives touched theirs are shocked and some struggle with guilt thinking they might have prevented the situation.
We learn the story through these vignettes, and learn more about each of these people involved. We observe and make our own analysis of the information we see.
This story is subtle, yet haunting. It is the details that Swan shows us that makes each character come alive for us. This is a book to savour.

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