"That's what this collection seems to be about in the end -- a Cree writer shaping her own narrative, taking ownership of her own history and revealing her own story on her own terms."
"Wild Rose is an amazing novel that comes at a time when I thought there was little left to be said about the prairies, the subject of so many books over so many decades. This time around, the women who settled the west are given their due, helping to clear the land, provide the vittles, and bear the children."
"Financial crises, building moves and renos, major programming changes, fresh visions, fun anecdotes (ie: bats), and a large cast of players – from 15-year Playwright-in-Residence Rex Deverell to successive Artistic Directors Susan Ferley and Ruth Smillie – make this a stimulating read."
"Disturbing without being upsetting, this novel will delight readers seeking diversion but doesn't whitewash the iniquities of Canada's past."
As a relative newcomer to Canada, my knowledge of the history of my home province is primarily gleaned from helping my daughters’ with their homework. So I was thrilled to be given the opportunity to lose myself in a “first-hand” account of Saskatchewan’s history, as told through the eyes of ten-year-old Dorothy, the protagonist of Through Flood & Fire by Anne Patton.
"Combined with her desire to honour the women in her family, the idea for ‘Wild Rose’ was born. The novel follows a young woman who comes from Quebec with her husband and their three-year-old son. However, he abandons her."