The Most Heartless Town in Canada

The Most Heartless Town in Canada

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Fiction. Music. Myrtle is not one of those communities with a town historian or a roster of famous residents. Myrtle does, however, have a poultry plant, and looming above the plant are the eagles, massive birds that roost in trees and feast on entrails left by workers, creatures synonymous with power, freedom and might.

The story starts with a newspaper photo taken in an obscure Nova Scotia town after the murder of eight bald eagles. The bizarre photo wins a contest and, over time, the unidentified girl in the foreground becomes, like Diane Arbus's Boy with a Toy Hand Grenade in Central Park, infamous. Rita Van Loon decides, after seven painful years, to explain herself and the events surrounding the murders.

A boy named Hubert Hansen is also in the photo. Hubert and his mother moved from Newfoundland following the death of his father. Hubert and his dog take nocturnal walks to escape the sadness. And they see things. THE MOST HEARTLESS TOWN IN CANADA looks at media agendas, amateur sport, family dynamics, and the divide between rural and urban Canada.

Publisher: Vancouver, BC : Anvil Press, 2016
ISBN: 9781772140354
Branch Call Number: FIC MCC
Characteristics: 286 p. ;,23 cm

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