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Gail Anderson-Dargatz

Autor de The Cure for Death by Lightning

23 Obras 1,898 Miembros 116 Reseñas 5 Preferidas

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Gail Anderson-Dargatz wrote The Miss Herford Stories, a collection of short stories, A Recipe for Bees, and The Cure for Death by Lightning, which won the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize and the British Columbia Book Prize. (Bowker Author Biography) Gail Anderson-Dargatz is also the author of the mostrar más award-winning "The Cure for Death by Lightning". She lives with her husband on Vancouver Island, British Columbia. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras de Gail Anderson-Dargatz

A Recipe for Bees (1998) 530 copias
Turtle Valley (2007) 134 copias
A Rhinestone Button (2002) 111 copias
Search and Rescue (2014) 39 copias
The Spawning Grounds (2016) 38 copias
From Scratch (2017) 31 copias
Race Against Time (2016) 30 copias
Playing With Fire (2015) 28 copias
The Almost Wife (2021) 27 copias
Stalker (2010) 22 copias
The Miss Hereford stories (1994) 21 copias
The Almost Widow (2023) 10 copias
Bed and Breakfast (2013) 7 copias
Coyote's Song (2012) 5 copias
Augusta (2001) 1 copia


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Nombre legal
Anderson-Dargatz, Gail Kathryn
Fecha de nacimiento
Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada
Lugar de nacimiento
Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
Lugares de residencia
Salmon Arm, British Columbia, Canada
Thompson-Shuswap, British Columbia, Canada
Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada
University of Victoria (BA|Creative Writing)
writing instructor (Providence Bay Writers' Camp ∙ University of British Columbia)
University of British Columbia
Canadian Writers' Union
Providence Bay Writers' Camp
Denise Bukowski
Biografía breve
Gail Anderson-Dargatz, whose fictional style has been coined as “Pacific Northwest Gothic” by the Boston Globe, has been published worldwide in English and in many other languages. A Recipe for Bees and The Cure for Death by Lighting were international bestsellers, and were both finalists for the prestigious Giller Prize in Canada. The Cure for Death by Lightning won the UK’s Betty Trask Prize among other awards. A Rhinestone Button was a national bestseller in Canada and her first book, The Miss Hereford Stories, was short-listed for the Leacock Award for humour. She currently teaches fiction in the creative writing MFA program at the University of British Columbia, and lives in the Shuswap, the landscape found in so much of her writing.



I don't know why, but I had it in my head that this was a fun, light-hearted book, sort of in the way that [b:Amphibian|6452033|Amphibian|Carla Gunn||6642202] by [a:Carla Gunn|2922903|Carla Gunn|] is. See, I tend to quickly read summaries of books, decide if it's of interest, and then add it to my "to read" list. I never again look at what the book is supposed to be about so that nothing is given away.

It must have been the title and the cover that made me think this book was entertaining. The content is way too heavy to be considered "light-hearted."

(Stop reading here if you want "nothing given away".)

Beth is a farmer's daughter to a poor family in rural country during WWII. They're so rural and back-country that it might as well be 100 years ago. Her father went crazy about a year prior and is prone to fly into rages unexpectedly. Her mother is part submissive, part willfully blind to the abuse he gives his family, the daughter in particular. The older brother is mostly "normal" until you find out he's got a thing for cows. Beth drops out of school after being stripped and tormented by the other kids. Even when she confesses to her mother what happened, her mother refuses to believe it "they're nice kids, they'd never do that." So Beth finds friendship with a local biracial Aboriginal girl and the two of them explore their sexuality together.
All the while, there's another local "crazy man" who's been possessed by the trickster Coyote and has a hunger for young children. Beth is haunted and stalked by Coyote.

It's all very dark and other-worldly. Not at all whimsical and fun. The writing captivated me and compelled me to keep reading, but the storyline also caused me some stress because of all the awfulness that went on.

Great Canadian literature, but don't let the cover & title fool you!
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LDVoorberg | 17 reseñas más. | Dec 24, 2023 |
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I received this book as a Librarything-giveaway. this novelette was simply written and a page turner. I read it in just over an hour. The language and vocabulary are quite simple and the chapters short so this will appeal to non-readers. The plot is riveting and the theme interesting. I will be recommending it to my 17 year old son who is not a big reader, but I think this will appeal to him
MiriamMartin | 13 reseñas más. | Mar 15, 2023 |
Set on a farm near a reserve in the interior of British Columbia during WWII, this is fifteen-year-old Beth Weeks' coming-of-age story. Her father was injured in the first war, presumably intended as an explanation of his brutish behaviour, but as this would have happened more than twenty years earlier I'm more inclined to think that it is his true nature. There is a large cast of characters, few particularly likeable, and most are in conflict with each other. While I liked Beth's mother and her scrapbook of collected recipes and household tips from which the title comes, I found the rest of the characters were overwhelmed by aberrants of one kind or another. Anderson-Dargatz had a choice of writing nostalgic memories of growing up in a farming community mid-century with the tragedies and sad occurences of normal life, but instead emphasized a dismal story of abuse, violence, misogyny and conflict. And despite some good writing, there was little sense of place. Disappointing.… (más)
VivienneR | 17 reseñas más. | Dec 31, 2022 |
I enjoyed the author’s previous books, especially The Cure for Death by Lightning and A Recipe for Bees, but I was disappointed with this domestic thriller.

Kira is engaged to Aaron, an older, financially successful man. She has a good life with a daughter Evie and a nice house. Her only problems are an anxious teen step-daughter Olive and Madison, Aaron’s second wife who is stalking Kira and Olive. Madison’s erratic behaviour has the emotionally fragile Kira desperately trying to protect her family. She flees and takes Evie and Olive to Manitoulin Island where she spent her youth and owns a cottage.

A major problem is that events make little sense. After having a child, Kira is worried about announcing her engagement with the man who is presumed to be the child’s father? Olive’s behaviour in Little Current stretches credulity. And such an anxious teen would just run into the bush? Kira, who has lived in the city for years, has a basic outdoor survival kit with her? A mother would leave her infant alone in the truck, not once but several times?! Someone breaks a window to get into a building and then locks the door afterwards?

Being familiar with Manitoulin Island, I loved the setting. The dark and stormy night cliché, however, I could have done without. It is so obviously used to create suspense, but it is so contrived. The flashbacks to Kira’s childhood when her mother poisoned Kira’s relationship with her father are so obviously a parallel to what is happening to Olive – I can picture the storyboard here.

Imagery is also forced and unnatural: “Spiderwebs, covered in dew and catching the low sun, were suddenly visible in the long, uncut grass of the yard, hundreds of them, thousands of them. They shimmered, vibrating in the morning breeze. Until now, I’d had no idea they were there – these traps, all these fucking traps” and “the heavy birds lifted into the air, flying so low as they passed that I could not only hear the whistling of their wings, but feel the rush of air dislocated by their labored flight.” And why the American spelling?

The characters are difficult to like or care about. Kira, for instance, is so scattered and reckless. Everyone seems shallow. The fact that more than one person blames problems on a difficult childhood suggests a general lack of maturity. The motivation of the villain for all behaviour is fear of abandonment?

The author’s attempt to write a thriller is not successful. The result is trite, contrived, and predictable. This seems a degradation of her writing skills.

Note: Please check out my reader's blog ( and follow me on Twitter (@DCYakabuski).
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Schatje | Nov 30, 2021 |



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