“… an important new anthology … helping to shine a fresh light on what may soon become a lost way of life … [through] tender and touching real-life stories.”—Stephen Patrick Clare, Halifax Chronicle-Herald
“Like the Dropped Threads collections from Canadian women, the Country Roads stories are honest, brave, and true.” —Winnipeg Free Press
“Chamberlain has assembled a wide range of writers and experiences in Country Roads, and she has done a service in reminding us about the significance of the strong men, women, and children who live rural lives.” —Candace Fertile, Quill & Quire
“We needed this book!” —Sharon Butala, author of The Perfection of the Morning
In Country Roads: Memoirs from Rural Canada, writers from Victoria, BC, to St. John’s, Newfoundland, reflect upon their experiences growing up in rural Canada. The anthology features stories by singer-songwriter George Fox, NHL coach Brent Sutter, actor Gordon Tootoosis, and award-winning writers such as Sharon Butala, Roch Carrier, Wayne Johnston, and Rudy Wiebe.
Some people who grew up in the country never wanted to leave their rural communities, while others couldn’t wait to escape rural hardships and head to the city. Despite these differences, the writers in this collection share one thing in common: their rural upbringings profoundly shaped their identities and their lives. The 34 memoirs in Country Roads are sometimes humorous, sometimes heartbreaking, but always engaging. Click here to read the introduction to Country Roads.
Country Roads was on 2010 bestseller lists in the Edmonton Journal and the Halifax Chronicle-Herald. It was reviewed in Canadian Geographic, Quill & Quire, Harrowsmith Country Living, Canadian Literature, Prairie Fire Review of Books, the Winnipeg Free Press, the Halifax Chronicle-Herald, and New Trail. Click here to listen to my interview with Brenda Finley for CKUA Radio’s Bookmark program.
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The contributors to Country Roads are Marianne Ackerman, Janice Acton, Luanne Armstrong, Pamela Banting, Andrew Beattie, Chris Beingessner, Laura Best, NJ Brown, Sharon Butala, Roch Carrier, Keith Collier, Wayne Curtis, Laurie Elmquist, Catherine R. Fenwick, Darlene Foster, George Fox, Joyce Glasner, Leah Benvie Hamilton, Betty Howatt, Wayne Johnston, Ruth Latta, Shelley A. Leedahl, Rose-Marie Lohnes, Shirlee Smith Matheson, Kay Parley, Habeeb Salloum, Jill Sexsmith, Marianne Stamm, Brent Sutter (with Andrew Leitch), Gordon Tootoosis, Harvey Walker, Pamela Wallin, David Weale, and Rudy Wiebe.