A Novel

Greenslade, Frances

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
After the tragic death of their father in a logging accident, sisters Maggie and Jenny see their idyllic mountain life fall apart as their mother abandons them to be raised by a childless couple.

Publisher: New York : Free Press, 2012.
Edition: 1st Free Press trade pbk. ed.
ISBN: 145166110X
Characteristics: 380 p. ;,22 cm.


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Sep 22, 2014
  • purrdy rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Thank you, Frances Greenslade, I loved this book.

Dec 15, 2013
  • kerry3095 rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I enjoyed this book so much I didn't want it to end! Maggie and the rest of the 'cast' are very real characters with strengths and weaknesses we can all recognise. The story, beautifully written and told through Maggie's eyes is tragic and intriguing at the same time. The author has a very descriptive style without being tedious, which is a real skill. I will definitely be seeking out more books by Frances Greenslade.

Feb 21, 2013

Recomended & enjoyed. Story of mothers, daughters & sisters in the peaceful Interior BC- wonderful storytelling.

Jan 21, 2013

Jenny and Maggie don't have much, but they've got the love and attention of their doting parents ... until their father is killed in a logging accident and their mother leaves them with neighbours to search for work. Her letters, once frequent, eventually dwindle and then stop entirely as Jenny and Maggie grow older. Though they grow apart in the ensuing years, a crisis compels the resourceful, relatable Maggie to search for their mother and heal their fractured family. Set in the rugged Chilcotin region of British Columbia, this debut novel, which is really about survival, depicts both the wilderness of the area and the girls' heartbreaking situation with equal eloquence. Fiction A to Z newsletter January 2013.

Feb 18, 2012

SLEEPER! Selected by Waterstones UK as one of the year's most worthy titles by new authors.

Nov 05, 2011
  • Cdnbookworm rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I read this book in one sitting as it just captured me. The speaker here is Maggie. She is looking back and telling the story of her childhood. Despite being the youngest daughter, Maggie was also a born worrier and her parents often reassure her. She spends time with her father in the woods where he teaches her to be self-sufficient and a resourceful camper. When her father is killed in a logging accident, Maggie's world is turned upside down. At first things her family seems to be adjusting well, but when her mom temporarily leaves her and her older sister Jenny with a couple in Williams Lake while she finds work, Maggie gets worried again. The stretch at the billet grows for the two young girls from months to years, and while they try to rely on each other and their own ingenuity, they long for their mother, Irene. When Jenny finds herself in trouble beyond what she can cope with, Maggie decides it is finally time to go looking for their mother, a search that leads her in a new direction and forces her to look at her mother in a new way.
Maggie is a strong character despite her worrier nature and has been taught from a young age to be self-reliant and resourceful. These skills put her in good stead both in Williams Lake and when she goes on her search. She has a good sense for her own safety and what risks are worth taking, but her youth and lack of life experience do show as well. As we learn more about Irene and her motivations, Maggie shows her strength of character and finds a way forward for the family.

Oct 21, 2011
  • wackygirl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

beautifully written, heartbreaking coming of age story.

Sep 26, 2011
  • Lanzers rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I found the story completely engrossing and couldn't wait to find out what would lead a mother to abandon her children. However, this mystery was answered in less than 2 pages about 3 pages from the end. How disappointing! Lots of unanswered questions.


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