The Garden of Eden by Sharon Butala (113)

Here is another book by Sharon Butala!  This one is a fictional book. It is written almost poetically. It is like a good meal, it has all the flavours and textures to make a delightful story.

This is a sweeping, many-layered novel of death and redemption that takes us from the Saskatchewan prairie to famine-stricken Ethiopia, and into the hearts and souls of two women.

Iris is a farmer’s wife living comfortably near the small town of Chinook. She finds her life suddenly out of control. Jolted out of her complacency by death, grieving for lost love, guilty over an aging mother, she sets out on a quest for self-understanding. If only she could find her niece Lannie, whom she once raised.  Then perhaps she could understand her troubling dreams, and the mysterious ache in her heart.

This book is Sharon Butala at her best!  This is a brilliantly imagined novel of family disintegration and renewal written in he simple but powerful style that so endears her to her readers.

The story is grounded in the prairie landscape that Butala has made very much her own. It is a universal story interweaving history, myth, dream and vision. It is a story that will capture a reader’s attention and encourage the reader to keep reading the story until the last word has been read. I just LOVE stories like that!

Rating: 5 stars

Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth

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About irenesroth

I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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