"In short, you all need to buy and read this collection. It is beautiful, unflinching, and staggeringly diverse in its characters."
The Yukon Gold Rush is famous, but there's treasure to be found throughout Canada. David Carpenter's new novel, The Gold, tells of a different gold rush. Its protagonist, born Joe Burbidge in the North of England, wants adventure, and gold fever draws him to the Northwest Territories.
"This is a fun read and teaches the reader a bit of Saskatchewan history packaged in a paranormal mystery."
"The strength of these women is etched into every page."
"In 1977, Ven Begamudré, then 21, returned to India, home of his extended family and the country he left at the age of 6...He returned in pursuit of identity (to answer: Was he Indian? or Canadian?), but what he found in India was the opposite of belonging or self."
"Lawrence credits help from a few classrooms of students, but it’s a good writer who parses those suggestions and skilfully combines the good ones with her own right instincts."
"Sure enough, there’s a mystery involved, this one around a missing watch. The girls, and Silverthorne’s readers, learn a lot of Saskatchewan history, and they develop some keen empathy around an elder, a valuable lesson, for sure."