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Wide Open Spaces: Favourite Prairie Fiction

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The Canadian prairie exists in many different forms within literature. A sky that is wide open with possibility or bleakly oppressive; a landscape that is constantly or never changing; a land that belongs to different peoples in different ways. Canadian writers have examined the prairie in ways and styles, in different eras, and for different reasons. These are some of the best.
The Englishman's Boy

The Englishman's Boy

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This brilliant and compelling novel, set in the early days of the Canadian West, is the first of three linked historical novels by Guy Vanderhaeghe, one of Canada's preeminent storytellers.
 
The Englishman's Boy brilliantly connects Hollywood in the 1920s with one of the bloodiest, most brutal events of the nineteenth-century Canadian West -- the Cypress Hills Massacre. Vanderhaeghe's rendering of the stark, dramatic beauty of the western landscape and of Hollywood in its most extravagant era - …

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Obasan

Obasan

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A powerful and passionate novel, Obasan tells, through the eyes of a child, the moving story of Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. Naomi is a sheltered and beloved five-year-old when Pearl Harbor changes her life. Separated from her mother, she watches bewildered as she and her family become enemy aliens, persecuted and despised in their own land. Surrounded by hardship and pain, Naomi is protected by the resolute endurance of her aunt Obasan and the silence of those around her. Onl …

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