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Anyway, why is Labrador separate from Newfoundland?
The only fiction title I've come across is Labrador by Kathryn Davis. The non-fiction ones sound more interesting to me than it does though.
A children's book I read a few years ago made enough of an impression that I included it in my Masters' thesis - Borrowed Black: A Labrador Fantasy.
Annabel By Kathleen Winter is apparently set there.
From an early review:
Annabel is the story of Wayne, a hermaphrodite child born in rural Labrador, and his, or her, or "its" difficult journey to adulthood.
As I go over gender when I teach developmental psychology, this should be a very interesting read for me. And a rare Labrador book to boot :)
"Set against the austere landscape of northern Labrador, Windflower is the poignant story of Elsa Kumachuk, a young Inuit woman torn between two worlds by the birth of her blond-haired, blue-eyed son. Unacknowledged by his father, an American GI, the child is welcomed into the Inuit community with astonishment and delight. Elsa, however, must come to terms with the conflicting values implied by her son’s dual heritage.
Gabrielle Roy’s last novel, Windflower is both a moving account of one woman’s tragic dilemma and a sensitive portrait of a society in transition."
This is a sci-fi (steampunk?) novel set in a future version of America which has regressed to Victorian technology and beliefs. Canada is a part of the US, and a quarter to a third of the novel takes place in Labrador, where the Americans are at war with the Dutch over the territory.
The reason I'm not sure if this novel counts as a Labrador book is that it shows Labrador, not as it is or has been, but as it could be many years from now. In any case, it's an interesting read and it's been nominated for this year's Hugo award. Once I got caught up in the story, the premise didn't seem as ludicrous as it first appeared. ("The Dutch invading Labrador??" was my first thought.)
"The best novel to come out of Canada in Generations' it says on the front, apparently an endorsement by Farley Mowat.
A Novel of Labrador White Eskimo is the title, by Harold Andrew Horwood.
The description takes up the entire back cover, the final paragraph reading 'White Eskimo is the story of Esau Gillingham.. the dramatic account of three cultures - Indian, Eskimo and White - Colliding in the Arctic wilderness; a story 'with a backbone of history' written by a man who knows Labrador intimately. "
One to add to your wishlists apparently! :)
I remember when I was a high school student in Newfoundland this book was on the reading list for our English class...it's an account of an ill-fated wilderness expedition into the interior of Labrador in 1903. It's been nearly 30 years since I read it, and I was just 13 at the time, but from what I do remember I would recommend it.