The Tent Peg

The Tent Peg

Book - 2005
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In The Tent Peg, award-winning novelist Aritha van Herk uses her unerring perception and impressive literary skill to capture the mystical mood of the Arctic and the people who are drawn to it.

In this intriguing story, a young woman who disguises herself as a man to work in a uranium prospecting camp deep in the Yukon mountains. J.L. is on the run from an empty heart and is desperate for solitude. Yet solitude eludes her from the moment she hangs up her pots and pans in the cook tent, and the men in the camp begin to drift toward her, drawn by her silence. These men are drifters, romantics and outcasts - men who have come to the North in search of answers for questions they can't define.



Publisher: Calgary, Alta. : Red Deer Press, 2005, c1981
ISBN: 9780889953123
Branch Call Number: FIC VAN
Characteristics: 220 p. ;,21 cm.

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Jan 13, 2015

I first read this novel years ago when I was in high school.
It's the story of a young woman who one summer in the 60-70s joins a prospecting team. She fends off the team's hostility to women and makes a place for herself.
Recently, my teenage daughter was looking for a novel to read for English class. I suggested this one: Canadian, woman author, strong woman character, a bit magical, written from the point of view of several characters in turn, well written, takes place in the North.
It had a lot going for it that she wanted. It fit the bill. And she thoroughly enjoyed it.
It's a very underrated Canadian novel and really deserves to be better known. I recommend it.

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