Author: Margaret Laurence
Review by: wsh
Ninety-year-old Hagar Currie Shipley reflects on the life she led in western Canada during the late nineteenth to mid-twentieth centuries. An impulsive, stubborn woman, Hagar endures a bad marriage, has children who disappoint her, and refuses to age gracefully. Yet, she is a compelling character, and the author is a wonderful storyteller. This is one of a series about the town the author calls Manawaka (patterned after her own upbringing in Manitoba), and I definitely plan to continue reading the others.