From the Giller-longlisted author of The Factory Voice comes a new novel in a similar vein - a story of the strength and resilience of three separate women, who, at three different points in history, are forced to make tough decisions and come face-to-face with calamities outside of their control.
It's 1954 and young Sadie Wilder gets her big break at last - a chance to babysit for the posh Bannister family whose regular babysitter, Wanda Keeler, is down with the mumps. Sadie is certain she can deal with any obstacle, but little does she - or anyone else, for that matter - know that on that very night Hurricane Hazel, to this day, one of Canada's worst natural disasters, is about to strike Toronto. Sadie is alone with the two small Bannister children, Bobby and Faith, as winds and floodwaters ravage the house. The Small Things That End The World tells the riveting story of that fateful, tragic night, and its aftermath that takes us into the twenty-first century, an era of environmental disasters and the fragile economic lives of many, brought on by globalization. Lynes' novel poses big questions; how do we care for each other? How do we forgive? How do we move from one moment to the next in a precarious world? After catastrophe strikes, how do we keep believing in the forces of good? Jeanette Lynes has crafted a beautifully written story of three women on the margins as each tries to make her way in the world. The novel culminates in 2005, a year of further environmental disaster.
Jeanette Lynes is the author of seven collections of poetry. Her most recent book of poetry, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems (Wolsak and Wynn, Buckrider Books, 2015), received the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. Her poetry won the 2010 Nick Blatchford Occasional Verse Award from The New Quarterly and has been nominated for a National Magazine Award. She has also received the Bliss Carman Poetry Prize and been shortlisted for the Pat Lowther Memorial Award. She has taught creative writing at a number of universities, and has been a writer-in-residence on three separate occasions around Canada. Currently, Lynes directs the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan.