The Heaviness of Things That FloatBook - 2016
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Bernadette lives alone near a remote West Coast First Nations reserve, working as a nurse for the community. One day, she hears a shocking announcement: Chase Charlie (the young man that Bernadette loves like a son) is missing. The community is thrown into upheaval, pain and truths floating to t... Read More »
2017 ETHEL WILSON BC FICTION PRIZE winner. Depicts the lonely world of Bernadette, a woman who has spent the last forty years living alone on the periphery of a remote West Coast First Nations reserve, serving as a nurse for the community. Then a shocking announcement crackles over the VHF radio ... Read More »
inthestacks Aug 30, 2017
After forty years as a community nurse in a remote First Nation village on the BC coast, Bernadette struggles with her impending retirement and examines the relationships she has had over the years. Though filled with tragedy, it is a well-written and engaging story.
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Nan Lily straightened her sweater and clasped her hands on her lap. "What does it matter if you know who she is?"
"It just feels like people should know who she was."
"But what does it matter if YOU know?"
"Maybe I'll understand things better."
"Like what?" Nan Lily asked.
"I don't know. Life."
"Because you think her story is your story."
I stared at Nan Lily.
"It is good that you try to know her," she said. "Because then you might know some of her truths."
"But you cannot know her. Not fully," she said. "And it is dangerous to ever think you can. Because then you will mistake your own truths for hers."
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