Clearing in the West: My Own Story
By: Nellie McClung
I never encountered Nellie McClung’s novels and stories. She is a brilliant writer and one of the most important leaders in Canada’s first wave of feminism and social reform. She died in 1951 in Victoria, British Columbia but is still read widely by Canadians.
This book is a memoir of Nellie’s life. What a full and vibrant life she had! She is best known for her work as a prairie reformer, suffragist, author, parliamentarian, journalist, and feminist. She battled continuously to win parliamentary rights for women and her determination to secure the right to vote for women in Canada.
This book examines Nellie’s life in rural Ontario and Manitoba. She speaks of the people and events that helped to shape her politician and personal future. She also discusses her childhood on the family farm and her first years in school, both as a student and later teacher. She also discusses openly her early passion for writing and social reform.
This book is an engaging, inspiring, and uplifting personal story about one of Canada’s foremost political and social pioneers.
Thank you John for setting this challenge with The Canadian Book Review Challenge. I am so grateful to have read a few books by this amazing woman!
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth