astonishing and compelling novel about a child abduction
“At times very funny, at times horrific and at times so sad, this novel will make you think hard about what it means to be a family and how far one can travel on the rocky road to forgiveness without completely falling apart.”–Audrey Thomas, final judge.
This novel begins at a fair on a hot August day in 1971 in Hope, BC. Sage and Della Howard are driving to Fernie to start a job and begin a new life. They stop for a break, lose their dog and in the search find a crying toddler in the nearby woods instead; and just as unexpectedly are back on the road continuing their journey with her. As the story unfolds and years pass, the Howards keep their dark secret and raise Stacey as their own. A compelling and original story, with fascinating characters, well-paced, that takes you to the other side of happenstance and fear.
Never, since Jack Hodgins made mirth and myth out of lumberjacks, has Settler Coast culture been so accurately rendered. Della, Sage and their cohort are ordinary, they are strange, but strangely sympathetic as they collide with one another and with fate, like toys in a sandbox. Humour and wisdom flesh out their liturgy of lies, a web these Ordinary Strangers spin around a stolen child in this tragic-comic thriller.
Ordinary Strangers is a beautifully written and imagined novel about children and parents and love both blossoming and in peril…the characters are captivating, and the plot is surprising and jarring, while the landscapes of small town BC are so vivid and natural.
"At times very funny, at times horrific and at times so sad, this novel will make you think hard about what it means to be a family and how far one can travel on the rocky road to forgiveness without completely falling apart.