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The cure for death by lightning
By Gail Anderson-Dargatz. 1996
Living on her family's farm in British Columbia in the 1940s, 15-year-old Beth Weeks escapes her abusive father and her…troubled mother in a friendship with Nora, a young Native woman. Beth struggles to cope, even as she feels haunted by the fear that something is following her. Nora's grandmother believes it is the murderous Coyote spirit, responsible for mysterious deaths in the community. Strong language and some descriptions of violence and sex. c1996.
By Gillian Wigmore. 2017
In a boom town dominated by a man-eating lake, Renee and Danny Chance start a new life in his grandfather's…cabin. Renee struggles to keep her head above water until she is drawn into the orbit of two beautifully notorious bar-singer cousins, and all three women are called to test the bonds of blood and loyalty. A polyphonic fable riddled with tall tales, "Glory" explores what it means to be a woman in north-central BC by flooding the shores of the human heart. 2017.
Two roads home: a novel
By Daniel Griffin. 2017
Vancouver Island, 1993. A group of idealistic young activists, determined to do whatever it takes to protect the environment, turn…to sabotage. But in a single moment everything they've worked for goes horribly wrong, when a night watchman at a logging company warehouse is killed in an explosion that they set. Follows these activists as their lives-- and their cause-- spiral out of control. Griffin reimagines history: what if, instead of the legendarily peaceful and successful Clayoquot Sound protests of the 1990s, things had gone too far? How far is too far, when it comes to protesting what one sees as injustice? And what happens when that line is crossed? 2017.
The spawning grounds
By Gail Anderson-Dargatz. 2016
On one side of the river are Hannah and Brandon Robertson, teenagers who have been raised by their grandfather after…they lost their mother. On the other is a Shuswap community that has its own tangled history with the river--and the whites. But the river is dying, and Hannah is carrying salmon past the choke point to the spawning grounds while her childhood best friend, Alex, leads a Native protest against the development further threatening the river. When drowning nearly claims the lives of both Hannah's grandfather and her brother, their world is thrown into chaos. Hannah, Alex, and most especially Brandon come to doubt their own reality as they are pulled deep into Brandon's numinous visions, which summon the myths of Shuswap culture and tragic family stories of the past. 2016.
When is a man
By Aaron Shepard. 2014
Paul Rasmussen is a young ethnographer and academic recovering from prostate cancer. He retreats to the remote forests and towns…of the Immitoin Valley in British Columbia. As an outsider, he discovers how difficult it is to know a place, let alone become a part of it. Then a drowned man and a series of encounters with the locals force him to confront the valley's troubled past and his own uncertain future. As Paul turns his attention to the families displaced forty years earlier by the flooding of the valley to create a hydroelectric dam, his desire to reinvent himself runs up against the bitter emotions and mysterious connections that linger in the community in the aftermath of the flood. 2014.
The last of the lumbermen
By Brian Fawcett. 2013
Middle-aged Andy Bathgate clings to a precarious life in the logging town of Prince George, British Columbia. He fears the…balance he currently enjoys - his relationship with a good woman, the uneasy truce with her eco-activist son, senior hockey with his friends - will come undone the moment the truth comes out: that he is not, in fact, Andy Bathgate. What he doesn’t realize is that the people of his community aren’t as clueless as he believes - and that honesty, decency, and fairness still have a place in the 21st century. 2013.
The miracles of ordinary men (Maple leaf audio)
By Amanda Leduc. 2013
Sam wakes to discover that he's growing wings on his back. Elsewhere, Lilah undergoes her own transformation as she seeks…sexual penance from her boss. Approaching the same mysterious fate, Sam and Lilah begin to see the world differently - and to find light in the most unlikely places. 2013.
The better mother
By Jen Sookfong Lee. 2011
In 1958, eight-year-old Danny Lim meets Miss Val, a burlesque dancer, who gives him a green silk belt. Years later,…Danny spends his days working as a wedding photographer and his nights cruising Stanley Park. When he finds the belt, Danny realizes that the key to understanding himself and his family lies in his connection to Miss Val. Explicit strong language, explicit descriptions of sex and some descriptions of violence. c2011.
What is real
By Karen Rivers. 2011
Dex Pratt's life has been turned upside down: his parents have divorced, his mother has remarried, and his father attempts…suicide and fails. Dex returns to their small town to care for him, but he's not prepared for his father’s grow-op or his rotting rented house. Unable to cope, Dex begins smoking himself into a state of surrealism. He begins to lose touch with what is real and what he is imagining - and then there are the aliens and the girl-of-his-dreams and the crop circle. Strong language, some descriptions of sex and some descriptions of violence. For senior high and older readers. c2011.
By Eric Walters. 2000
Fourteen-year-old Tadashi his family are forced to abandon their fishing village on the northwest coast of British Columbia and move…into an internment centre in Vancouver with other Japanese Canadians during the Second World War. For Tadashi, detention becomes both an adventure and a dilemma as he struggles to understand the undercurrents of racism and injustice that have overtaken his life and those of his community. Ruth Schwartz Book Award. Sequel to "War of the eagles." Grades 5-8. 2000.
At first I hope for rescue
By Holley Rubinsky. 1997
In the idyllic-looking town of Ruth, British Columbia, two lifelong friends discover incest in one of their families. While their…lives are ripped apart, other residents of Ruth must confront their own moral dilemmas and crises. Strong language. 1997.
The tent peg: a novel
By Aritha Van Herk. 1981
Smith and other events: stories of the Chilcotin
By Paul St. Pierre. 1983
By Chevy Stevens. 2010
British Columbia realtor Annie O'Sullivan bitterly recounts to a therapist being kidnapped from an open house by a rapist and…enslaved for a year in a remote cabin. As sessions continue, Annie learns shocking information about her captor's identity. Violence, strong language, and explicit descriptions of sex. 2010.
By Paul St. Pierre. 1984
These stories bring alive the country where St. Pierre's heart lies, and introduces a wonderful roster of the saintly rogues…who inhabit that part of the Canadian west. First published in 1970. 1984.
Rain before morning
By Michael Poole. 2006
The story of two young lovers, Nathan and Leah, who meet in 1913. Defying the strict morality of the day,…they run off to spend a few months together amid the splendour of the rural coast before being banished to separate continents. With the outbreak of WWI, the young rebels find themselves engaged in a life and death conflict. c2006.
The sad truth about happiness
By Anne Giardini. 2006
Maggie is in her early thirties, gainfully employed, between relationships and ready for change. When a quiz predicts that her…death will occur before her next birthday, it seems that becoming happy will prevent the prediction from coming true. Maggie's life becomes considerably more complicated as she embarks on a quest for happiness - especially when she finds herself on the run with her sister's newborn son. Some descriptions of sex and some strong language. 2006.
Hetty Dorval (Laurentian library ; #6)
By Ethel Wilson. 1967
Seeking refuge from her mysterious past, the beautiful Mrs. Dorval arrives in a small British Columbia town at the confluence…of the Fraser and Thompson Rivers. As Frankie Burnaby, the young schoolgirl Mrs. Dorval befriends, pieces together Hetty's story, she begins to realize that her enigmatic idol is also a treacherous opponent. 1967. (Laurentian library ; 6)
The man with yellow eyes
By Catherine Anthony Clark. 1963
The setting is British Columbia, at the end of the 19th century. The novel tells the story of a race…to stake a mining claim in the West Kootenay region. Textbook format. 1967, c1963.
Tell me a good lie: tales from the Chilcotin country
By Paul H St. Pierre. 2001
One of Canada's master storytellers tells tales about the high country and the characters who stole his heart. In these…fifty stories, Paul St. Pierre writes of the Chilcotin in a time that has passed from the land, a time that has gone beyond history into myth. 2001.