Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Heritage (1940)

2017-10-06T16:31:50+00:00

How comforting it must have been, with WWII well underway, for Mazo de la Roche to bring home her characters safely, from the front of WWI. The Whiteoak men return and bring with them a fellow serviceman, who takes a position in their household and, just like that, wartime is

Mazo de la Roche’s Whiteoak Heritage (1940) 2017-10-06T16:31:50+00:00

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write

2017-10-06T09:57:19+00:00

If you've glanced at the union regulations for Native writers, you'd have seen this one coming: Eden Robinson explains that it's a requirement. "It’s also a union regulation as a Native writer that you have to write a Trickster story at least once." (This is from an interview by

The Trickster Story Eden Robinson Had To Write 2017-10-06T09:57:19+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Young Renny (1935; 1971)

2017-08-11T13:57:37+00:00

When I began to read this series, I worried - needlessly - about keeping the characters straight: actually, the main character is Jalna itself. "Everything about the house had been put in perfect order. Workmen had been there to mend the roof, tighten the supports of the shutters, and give

Mazo de la Roche’s Young Renny (1935; 1971) 2017-08-11T13:57:37+00:00

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all

2017-07-25T11:21:48+00:00

Rereading the Saga comics is definitely worthwhile. On first-reading, I was a little off-kilter, so engrossed in some panels that I missed others completely, only occasionally remembering to retrace my steps. Discovering wings or horns on characters who appeared humanoid at first glance was delightfully but consistently distracting. Readers are aware

Oh, the Saga-ness of it all 2017-07-25T11:21:48+00:00

Mazo de la Roche’s Morning at Jalna (1960)

2017-07-24T18:49:27+00:00

Although the last of the Jalna books written, Morning at Jalna is only the second in the sequence. It is set while the civil war is raging in the southern United States, and readers are immediately informed that the Whiteoaks are sympathetic to the southerners. In school, during the 1970s

Mazo de la Roche’s Morning at Jalna (1960) 2017-07-24T18:49:27+00:00