"After novels, short fiction, and meditations comes Sharon Butala’s 16th book, the novel Wild Rose. Butala, who now lives in Calgary, lived for years on a ranch outside Eastend, and this countryside is a very large part of the story."
"Nelson’s ambitious story has a wide sweep—using two teens’ lives as a window for exploring the troubling history of the residential school system, the racism First Nations and Metis people encounter on a daily basis, the struggles they have now to establish their future, and the non-First Nations lack of response. It is a novel with great potential for opening of discussion on such social issues, for creating awareness through the eyes of Sara Jean."
"Karen Shklanka is a poet I could listen to all day long. Nothing is as exciting as a voice filled with vibrant intelligence and wit."
"Through Flood and Fire, the sequel to Full Steam to Canada, finds Dodie Bolton and her family continuing their westward journey to the Barr Colonies of Saskatchewan."
The origins of Sharon Butala’s newest novel, Wild Rose, seem rather noble. It wasn’t a sudden burst of inspiration that led to the author’s first book of fiction since 2002. According to the veteran writer, who has been shortlisted for two Governor General Awards during her lengthy career, it sprang from a studious sense of obligation to the narrative she has been telling since the 1980s. What has she told? What still needs to be told?