Luka is eight years old when her mother disappears. As an adult, she learns to navigate the world as a single parent and ends up travelling back to the family farm to live with her grandmother. Haunted by the question of what happened to her mother, she decides to look for her and is drawn to the dockyards of the Downtown Eastside in Vancouver to seek out anyone who may have seen her. The discovery of some diaries on the old homestead provides more information and some startling revelations about her mother's life.
About the author
dee Hobsbawn-Smith's award-winning poetry, essays, and short fiction has appeared in publications in Canada, the USA, Scotland and elsewhere. She earned her MFA in Writing and her MA in English Lit at the University of Saskatchewan in Saskatoon, SK. Her debut poetry collection, Wildness Rushing In, was published in 2014, and was a finalist for Book of the Year and Best Poetry Collection at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. What Can't Be Undone: Stories was published in 2015. She's a local foods advocate, has been active in Slow Food for more than fifteen years, and written a stack of books about food, including Foodshed: An Edible Alberta Alphabet. In her spare time, dee quilts, and has taken up crafting hand-bound chapbooks under her imprint, Dogpatch Press. She served as the 35th Writer in Residence at Saskatoon Public Library in 2015. Bread & Water: Essays was published in Fall 2021. dee lives in Saskatoon.