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btw, looking at the Wikipedia entry on PEI, it looks like there is a famous play (Johnny Belinda) by PEI author Elmer Blaney Harris. I haven't read it though so I can't comment on it.
The Catch by Louisa McCormack - enjoyable chick-lit from PEI.
I found A Prince Edward Island Christmas: nowadays and long ago by Deirdre Kessler on the Christmas display at my local library. It has a bit of everything: some beautiful reminiscences from the first settlers to the present; traditional island cooking; excerpts from authors; a bibliography; and outstanding photographs. Did you know the island gets an average of 300 centimetres (10 feet) of snow annually? This is not the green pastoral island we see in most photos. This book is a little treat.
As a mystery, the novel wasn't all that impressive, but the characters and setting seemed genuine. If the goal is to get a feeling for PEI, this is not a bad choice. In any case, I liked the book enough that I'll probably try another of Eric Wright's books in the future.
The Catch by Louisa McCormack
Forced on hiatus from her job as a big-city TV producer, Minerva moves to a tiny village in PEI and lands a job at the Eats n' Treats, where she gets to know the locals-including the town's most eligible bachelor.
Bannock Beans and Black Tea: Memories of a Prince Edward Island Childhood in the Great Depression by John Gallant looks interesting... adding this one to my wishlist.
Does anyone have any information on Lorelei (touchstone not working) by Lori Derby Bingley? Tags indicate it is a PEI romance: http://www.librarything.com/work/4720559
These Roots Run Deep seems to be a biography of sorts, set in PEI. http://www.librarything.com/work/8212372
Who knew there was a harlequin set in PEI!: The winds of winter http://www.librarything.com/work/4180703
Sorry for the many links, touchstones seem finicky tonight.
Anyway, just a few more books I ran across.
I came across:
Sing a new Song by Ann Purdy. I can't seem to find this work or author anywhere at all on LT! Can anyone else spot it?
Here it is on Amazon:
Far Horizons by Kathleen Swartz I could also not locate on LT.. perhaps I am just blind this am:
ETA As there were no reviews for this title, I posted a brief one.
Here is the blurb from Abe Books:
"It's lobster season at The Shores, a fishing village on a point of land that's been cut off from The Island in a storm surge. Parker, a collector of art and antiquities, has moved there with his partner Guillaume, a chef just out of rehab. Hyacinth Hy McAllister is a website writer looking for lobster recipes for a client's newsletter. She also needs a speaker for the Women's Institute meeting.
Enter Camilla, founder of the Lobster Liberation Legion, spouting crustacean right-to-life rhetoric. The legion sets about disrupting the season by tickling lobsters -- stroking them into insensibility and thus freeing them from their traps, angering the villagers and the man who runs Parker's fisheries empire. In the tragic events that follow, the hidden connection between Parker, Guillaume and Camilla reveals itself. "
This is a short book of poetry, short conversations, and PEI history. Quite a lot of it centres around PEI's struggle for independence. Many came to PEI escaping Ireland only to find the same sort of absentee landlord situation they had fled from. That had to be mighty galling. Talk about kicking someone while they are down! I think if you have a connection to PEI you would love this book. I enjoyed it but might have enjoyed it a bit more had some of the names been familiar. Among some of the favourite tidbits I picked up: The mystery of the town of Princetown, which simply disappeared. There is a site (with roads but no buildings). At some point it had been nearly the capital, and then suddenly was wiped from the history with no reason given for its disappearance. Possibly an Acadian eviction. 'It might be useful to go to the site of Princetown and dig. I'll bet such a project would meet resistance. Somebody knows'. This book was written a while ago, so perhaps the history of Princetown is being reconstructed.
Also interesting were tidbits about the backhanded/sneaky way the islanders behaved.. constructing their roads so that they could ambush tax collectors, and when forced to build tributes putting hidden messages in them:
From the Poem 'Interpretation of a Cannon' (pg. 74)
.. the corner of Queen and Grafton,
Charlettown, Prince Edward Island:
Placed here by Theophilus Des Brissay
On the occasion of the visit of the
Prince of Wales...
But Fort Amber fell 90 years before
to a combined assault of Acadians and Micmacs
and where was the cannon all that time?
And 'Theophilus Des Brissay.. His name
(Though there was actually such a man 50 years before)
Can be translated:
'Theo' = 'God'
'Philus' = 'Lord'
'Des Brissay' = 'Smash'er'
'For the Love of God Smash'er.'
The Northshore of My Home by Frank J Ledwell, former Poet Laureate of PEI, collection of poems, vignettes, and short stories
The Stand-In by David Helwig
Rink of Dreams by Nancy Russell, children's book, about a young boy who dreams of NHL days
The Master's Wife by Sir Andrew MacPhail. I haven't read this, but MacPhail's homestead is a local historical site, and this would be a non-fiction memoir type of book
I Am an Islander by Patrick Ledwell. Local comedian who pokes fun at us, since he is one of us; also Frank J Ledwell's son
Jane has been living in Toronto with her rich grandmother and her mother as long as she can remember. She doesn’t even realize her father is still alive and living on Prince Edward Island, until a letter comes asking if she can stay with him for a summer. Her (hateful!) grandmother hates Jane’s father, and all Jane knows is to hate him, and she doesn’t want to go. But, when she meets her dad, she is pleasantly surprised.
I enjoyed this! LM Montgomery’s books are pretty simple, and the end was tied up with a nice bow, but I still enjoyed it, overall.