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By Ron Evans

Short-listed for the 2002 Saskatchewan ebook Awards for top Non-Fiction and most sensible e-book

The tales in Coming Home are as fabulous because the panorama of Saskatchewan itself and as assorted as its climate. during the author’s memories, we event prairie existence because it used to be greater than sixty years in the past, and because it is this day.

A wealthy forged of characters looks — neighbours, drunks, misfits — all with a spot within the tale. those are the stories of a father who lived not easy, failed frequently, and was once enjoyed a lot, of a mom who used to be an artist at middle yet turned a instructor and farmer’s spouse via situation.

We stopover at a prairie dance corridor with a flooring that rests on horsehair, come upon demise, baptize a toddler, perform a nude therapeutic massage. We view intercourse from a farm boy’s point of view, study of domestic brew and cabbage rolls, devour breakfast with buddies, and meet the author’s favorite waitress. a feeling of awe and sweetness emerges via encounters with the land and the unfolding of the altering seasons.

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On other occasions, the Wheat Pool would hold card games, where you played Norwegian Whist and the competition was fierce. There were those who cheated, and others you knew you didn't want as a partner, but when the evening was over it didn't matter. Of course, the highlight of the year was the school Christmas concert, an occasion for the community to gather, and for parents to watch their children sing and perform in ways which must have been quite terrible. " Schools also made a contribution to family life; they served as marriage bureaus of a sort.

Best damn 52 COMING HOME dance floor in Canada. The floor gives a little. " The music stops and the dancers find their tables while the band rearranges itself for another charge. Frank steps aside and lets his son take over on the accordion. He gets right into it, an old time waltz. This kid can play — maybe better than his old man. Then the soloist takes over. One day at a time sweet Jesus That's all I'm asking of you Just for today help me to say One day at a time. The words float out across the hall, up into the rafters and back, a sound that moves inside your body so you can't sit down.

Yes, yes ... " Potts reached out and they shook hands. Smiles all around. "There is just one more thing I want to say, Sir: You are the dirtiest, meanest man I have ever dealt with. " Potts eased out the clutch and drove away. During the summer months, the locals associated 15 with drunks and mud; the two inevitably seemed to occur together, there being degrees both to the depth of the mud and the level of drunkenness. A dry, dusty road could be turned to clinging gumbo in a matter of minutes.

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