Books set in Canada

Five Little Indians, by Michelle Good

Five children, Kenny, Lucy, Clara, Howie and Maisie, taken from their families at a very young age, to a remote church-run residential school. After years of horrible treatment, abuse and malnutrition, they are simply released into the world at age 18. Without any skills, qualifications or life experience, the young people find their way to the seedy world of Downtown Eastside Vancouver. Their paths cross over the decades as they all strive to survive and find a place within this world that doesn’t want them.

Fuelled by rage, Clara finds her way into the dangerous world of the American Indian Movement. Maisie internalises all of her past pain but keeps putting herself in dangerous situations. Famous among the children for his daring escapes from the residential school, Kenny can’t stop running. Moving from job to job, trying to outrun his memories and find a life. Lucy finds peace in motherhood, but struggles with a compulsive disorder, fuelled by the years of cleaning at the school. After beating one of his tormentors almost to death, Howie serves some time in prison, before being released and trying to re-enter society once again. Read More »

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Travel to … British Columbia, Canada

As I am about to embark on an exciting new adventure, it is time for some more bookish wanderings. Next month, my partner and I are heading to British Columbia, more specifically to the Silver Star Mountain Resort, to start new jobs and a new chapter for us. I have been dreaming of going to Canada for years, so I am really excited. But I know very little about the part of the world which I will soon call home. Read More »

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