Sometimes Google doesn't have all the answers
Alison McCreesh is on the Russian leg of a circumpolar journey, family in tow, when she discovers a lump in her breast. Worried about the possibilities and concerned about navigating an unfamiliar healthcare system, McCreesh turns to Google for reassurance, but finds none. Reluctantly, she embarks on a new excursion--to find a doctor and a diagnosis in the town she's visiting. As a local guide escorts her from place to place with only the sparsest of explanations, McCreesh's anxiety mounts.
Petrozavodsk is an intimate look at what it's like to be vulnerable in a place where you don't know the language or the protocols--tinged with McCreesh's trademark humour and heart.
About the author
Since moving to the Northwest Territories in 2009, Alison McCreesh has travelled extensively throughout Northern Canada and the Arctic. Through her gallery work, illustrations, sketchbooks and comics, Alison documents and explores the contemporary North. Her work dwells on the way northern identity shifts rapidly as tradition and modernity collide and coexist North of 60: sometimes in confrontation with one another, sometimes evolving in parallel and sometimes mixing to create striking hybrids. Alison currently lives in Yellowknife in a small shack on the shore of Great Slave Lake - with high speed internet and no running water.