Thursday, December 10, 2009

Small Beneath the Sky

I am currently reading a memoir by Canadian author and poet, Lorna Crozier. Small Beneath the Sky: A Prairie Memoir is prose, written the way you'd expect a poet to write. It is lyrical, lovely and understated. After being in Saskatchewan (my birthplace) this fall, I am finding this memoir very evocative of the time and place in which it is set (Swift Current in the 1950s).

So often as I read, I think to myself: I wish I could write like this. It is especially true for this book.

The cover design is eye-catching. I love seeing the sky in its blue beauty, and the rolling wheat fields. I also like how big the word "small" is and how small the word "sky" is. Very clever indeed!

If you're interested in reading the book, I highly recommend it. For a Globe and Mail review of it, go here. For an excerpt, go here.



Cynthia Nicolson said...

Hey, Deborah - Thanks for all your posts! This book sounds like a good idea for a Christmas present for my mom - and myself.


Deborah Hodge said...

Hi Cynthia,

Great to hear from you! How are you?


Saskatchewan applauds! More to follow. Mr. P.D.


Saskatchewan is both earthy and magical, and deserves great writing. Wallace Stegner ("Wolf Willow," etc.) provided some; so did Sinclair Ross ("As For Me and My House," "Sawbones Memorial"). For the rest of us, there is still time and challenge.

gabe said...

i heard this book discussed on cbc and thought i'd like to read it. you can't that sask. sky