Rabbit Foot Bill

Rabbit Foot Bill

A Novel

Book - 2020 | First edition
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Canwood, Saskatchewan, 1947. Leonard Flint, a lonely boy in a small farming town befriends the local tramp, a man known as Rabbit Foot Bill. Bill doesn't talk much, but he allows Leonard to accompany him as he sets rabbit snares and to visit his small, secluded dwelling. Being with Bill is everything to young Leonard--an escape from school, bullies and a hard father. So his shock is absolute when he witnesses Bill commit a sudden violent act and loses him to prison. Fifteen years on, as a newly graduated doctor of psychiatry, Leonard arrives at the Weyburn Mental Hospital, both excited and intimidated by the massive institution known for its experimental LSD trials. To Leonard's great surprise, at the Weyburn he is reunited with Bill and soon becomes fixated on discovering what happened on that fateful day in 1947. Based on a true story, this page-turning novel from a master stylist examines the frailty and resilience of the human mind.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario, Canada :, HarperCollins Publishers Ltd.,, 2020
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781443451543
Branch Call Number: F HUM NVD
Characteristics: 231 pages ; 23 cm


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Nov 28, 2020

Really enjoyed this book! Although not very similar, I kept getting images of the film Shutter Island by Martin S. For improvement, I wished the author spent a bit more time building up the setting and characters. The book references Markham, so I was hoping it would've described what life was like in Markham during the 70s. Also, without spoiling too much, the latter half of the book is spent developing a huge reveal; if the characters were developed better, this would've had more impact. I would recommend it to read, and to support a local author!

Oct 31, 2020

Quite a quick, approachable read looking at the ravages of PTSD before it was called that. Set in Saskatchewan after WWII in the large Provincial mental institution in Weyburn, we follow the plight of a young doctor as he finds himself unsuited for the job. ( I found myself rather annoyed at him for his lack of assistance to both his mother, and Bill of the title.) I actually worked at the hospital shortly after this period during summer breaks from Uni. The size and extent of the hospital are truly portrayed. The jobs provided for patients in the gardens and dairy farm were a great option, providing all the food for the hospital. Ageing patients could set up their own garden plots and sell produce to people of the town, thereby earning some money, and still be in a familial protected living situation. Perhaps a system that could be revisited today, rather than turning them out on the mean streets.

Aug 08, 2020

Edmonton journal

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