A Novel

Audiobook CD - 2017
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Bernice Meetoos, a Cree woman, leaves her home in Northern Alberta following tragedy and travels to Gibsons, BC. She is on something of a vision quest, seeking to understand the messages from The Frugal Gourmet (one of the only television shows available on CBC North) that come to her in her dreams. She is also driven by the desire to meet Pat Johns, who played Jesse on The Beachcombers.
Publisher: Prince Frederick, MD : Recorded Books, p2017
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781501957109
Branch Call Number: CDBOOK FIC LIN
Characteristics: 7 sound discs (8 hr., 15 min.) :,digital ;,4 3/4 in.
Additional Contributors: Bresnahan, Alyssa
Recorded Books, Inc


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Jan 10, 2018

I had a hard time with this book. It's emotional and heartbreaking. It's disjointed and hard to follow. Time isn't linear, there are dreamscapes, memories, real-time. It all blends together.
Yet, the story is rich and deep. It requires a slow, careful reading. I will read this in print form one day. It may be that the dreamy, non-linear storyline isn't the best for audio listening while driving a car. I needed to pay more attention to each word.
The subject matters of abuse, homelessness and poverty are heavy. This story says so much about some very important subjects.
The stories of Birdie, Val, Maggie, Lola and Freda are sad at times but show such resilience and strength. It's the strength these women show that shines through.

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