Campie

Campie

eBook - 2011
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Bankrupt, homeless and with only an old Toyota Tercel to her name, Barbara Stewart has taken a job as a camp attendant at Trinidad 11, an oil-rig camp in northwestern Alberta. She was told it's a "dry" camp--good news for a person hoping to stay sober--but she soon finds out this isn't true. During the day, she mops floors, scrubs bathrooms, changes smelly beds and picks up empties. At night, as she burns garbage in the incinerator, she finds solace alone under the stars and tries to reconcile her past with an uncertain future. When she discovers that a campie who "doesn't play doesn't stay," Barbara is forced to make a decision.

A view from the bottom of the oil barrel into work-camp culture, Campie is an entertaining, compelling account of how an ordinary person survives when things fall apart and there's no "eat pray love" holiday to put them back together.

Publisher: Surrey, B.C. : Heritage House Pub., 2011.
ISBN: 9781926936604
1926936604
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource.

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JoannaWright
Mar 06, 2013

Describes the life and culture accurately and vividly, from the perspective of a person with exactly the kind of complicated history you find people working through on the rigs.

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Cherokee2000
Mar 04, 2013

A surprisingly personal account of a short-term cleaning job in an oil-rig camp up north. Barbara's seeming simple chores provoke deep thoughts of problems she is currently working on -- and some she thought she solved years ago. Colourful characters she meets along the way slowly open her eyes to different lifestyles and opinions. The character that made the biggest improssion on me, Marguerite, exists only as a significant influence in Barbara's memory. This is an important personal journey, and I am grateful that Barbara shared it with her readers.

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