Nominated for the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction (Manitoba Writing and Publishing Awards).
Journey from Zaire to Winnipeg to Ukraine and through the human spirit with an arrangement of characters and stories living in seasons but whose passages are perennial. Klassen’s characters transcend their various circumstances to explore personal experiences with an awareness of larger social issues—contemporary and historical.
These stories reflect a recurring tension between a desire for solitude and a lesser attraction towards companionship and community, between wanting to enter other people's stories and lives and wanting to remain separate, a stranger. There is an ease of movement between lightness and gravity, between the serious and the comic.
Born in Winnipeg, Sarah Klassen grew up surrounded by trees, birdsong, silence and snowstorms of Manitoba's boreal forest. She left to become a teacher and a traveller. An accomplished poet and fiction writer, she has won the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award, the High Plains Award for Fiction, the Canadian Authors Association Award for Poetry, and the National Magazine Gold Award for Poetry. Her work has been nominated for the McNally Robinson Book of the Year Award, the Margaret Laurence Award for Fiction, and the Aqua Lansdowne Prize for Poetry. Klassen lives in Winnipeg.