FINALIST FOR THE 2021 EILEEN MCTAVISH SYKES AWARD FOR BEST FIRST BOOK
Secrets cannot stay buried forever
In the town of Ross Prairie, Caroline Webb and Sarah Bilyk are bound by family, duty, and a decades-old act of betrayal. On opposing sides of a long-simmering feud between their husbands’ families, the two women meet again after years of estrangement when Caroline moves into the same nursing home as Sarah’s father.
Seeing each other sparks memories — of young love and the path to a fateful summer day that changed everything. Together, Caroline and Sarah uncover a truth that alters their lives forever, proving that love will overcome heartache and that friendship survives time.
Gaylene Dutchyshen has written articles for regional newspapers and, with her husband, raised three children on a cattle and grain farm. They live on the Valley River near Gilbert Plains, Manitoba.
Dutchyshen’s writing is concise and she is skilful at pointing out typical interactions between people living in a small town.
This novel has the ring of authenticity. A Strange Kind of Comfort captures so beautifully the prairie landscape, the rapidly fading rural lifestyle, and the powerful bonds formed — both good and evil — in a close-knit farming community.
A heartbreaking novel with complex, vividly-imagined characters against the backdrop of the expansive Canadian Prairie. Perfect for Fans of Ann Hood's The Obituary Writer.