Globe & Mail Top 100 Review - Knife Sharpeners Bell
Globe & Mail Top 100 for 2010
Reviewed by: Jim Bartley
Listed in Jim Bartley's Top Five Books for 2010
The imminence of disaster -sensing it will come, not knowing how -infuses this tale of a Winnipeg family resettling in ancestral Ukraine. From callow childhood to belated understanding, snapshot scenes slowly coalesce into the arc of decades. Tregebov's sorrows are admirably unlyricized, her nostalgia tart rather than sweet. The emerging Holocaust lurks like a slumbering monster, determinedly denied until it begins to claim victims.