This is a great book! Despite its small size, it is elegiac and graceful. It is also filled with homely wisdom that it overflows its pages. Gabrielle Roy is a wonderful writer and storyteller. She is one of Canada’s truly distinguished writers.
This story is set in the prairies of the 1930s. It is rich with the author’s own memories of her time there as a young woman. this story is the powerful story of an impressionable and passionate teenaged teacher and the children whose lives she touches.
From immigrant families now living in unforgiving surroundings, many of the students have been wounded by poverty and misfortune. The most memorable is Mederie, a seemingly hostile boy who opens up a new world for his teacher–not much more than a girl herself–until her feelings for him bring her to make the most difficult decision she has ever faced.
This book is a Canadian classic. It is profound and compassionate. It is a story of the indomitable human spirit!
I love books and stories like this. It is a book that will make you feel great being a Canadian in a land where many great writers are born. No wonder this book was a winner of the Governor General’s Award.