Flying With AmeliaeBook - 2011
In 1847 two families arrive in Canada on a famine ship from Ireland, and here the tale begins, weaving through generations and time. A St. John's boy learns the finer points of communication while his employer receives the first transatlantic wireless signal. In 1920s Montreal, a one-armed veteran gambles everything for a future with a beautiful, intelligent, political young woman. A young Maritimer answers a personal ad written by a Saskatchewan schoolteacher, resulting in recipes and romance set against a backdrop of unrest during the Great Depression-while the world looks to the skies for hope, inspiration, and a glimpse of a bright wingtip caught in the sun. From the heady days of the FLQ crisis to the dawning evidence of climate change in Canada's north, Flying with Amelia weaves a collective identity, taking us on a journey from the first sight of a new land, through a century, and beyond.
From Library Staff
StratfordLibrary Mar 22, 2013
Blind Date With a Book Comment: "I had a hard time connecting with the characters but loved the book. Thanks for a great date!"
melwyk Feb 13, 2012
This novel follows in the tradition of DeGrace's earlier ones, in that it is a collection of linked short stories. But this one is very ambitious: it attempts to tell us a story of Canada throughout the 20th century. It works beautifully.
This book as a whole has a great sense of breadth; the ex... Read More »