Flying With Amelia

Flying With Amelia

Anne Degrace

Anne Degrace

Flying with Amelia chronicles the dreams and struggles of a cast of unforgettable characters through more than a hundred years and across a vast landscape as they face challenges and find courage, sometimes in surprising places.In 1847 a famine ship arrives in Canada from Ireland, and here, the tale begins, weaving through generations and time. A St. John’s boy learns the finer points of communication while his employer receives the first transatlantic wireless signal. A British Home Child finds sorrow and solace on an Ontario farmstead. In 1920s Montreal, a one-armed veteran gambles everything for a future with a beautiful, intelligent, political young woman. In northern Manitoba, German prisoners of war find creative ways to quell boredom. RCMP officers snatch Doukhobor children in British Columbia, while a decade later U.S. draft dodgers find refuge in Canada. In the title story, a young Maritimer answers a personal ad written by a Saskatchewan schoolteacher, resulting in recipes and romance set against a backdrop of unrest during the Great Depression—while the world looks to the skies for hope, inspiration, and a glimpse of a bright wingtip caught in the sun.From the heady days of the FLQ crisis to the dawning evidence of climate change in Canada’s north, Flying with Amelia weaves a collective identity, taking us on a journey from the first sight of a new land, through a century, and beyond.
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Wind Tails

Wind Tails

Anne Degrace

Anne Degrace

At a side-of-the-highway diner on a mountain pass, during one extraordinary, windy day in 1977, the paths of an odd assortment of travellers cross. The stories of each circle around points of departure: what sets one on oneís journey. These seemingly unconnectedóbut oddly interconnectedóstories involve strange twists, turns and the kinds of chance encounters that change the way we see the world. There is the old woman who, talk she has just weeks to live, tells everyone exactly what she thinks of themóand then doesnít die; the water witcher who comes to terms with his gift instead of drowning in it; the woman who never leaves her own town but travels vicariously through the tales of the hitchhikers she picks up; a trucker with a kind heart; and the proprietor, Cass, and the story that haunts her. Central to this remarkable day in Pink, travelling in whatever direction the wind takes him, and Jo, a young waitress whose own life twistsófamily betrayal, and the birth and adoption of a babyóhave left her anchorless. For Jo, Cassís Roadside CafÈ is a waystation, holding her until a series of interactions with strangers give her permission to find her own point of departure, and embark upon her own journey.
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