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A Novel

eBook - 2010
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A chance discovery of a sepia photograph of her grandmother and her twin sister leads RCMP Constable Arabella Dryvynsydes on an investigation: how did a picture taken in 1914 in the mining town of Extension, BC end up at a garage sale in rural Saskatchewan almost one hundred years later? As Arabella sifts through long-forgotten letters and buried memories, she unearths heartbreaking truths of her family history - and in the process also resolves a century-old murder. In her debut novel, Dey skillfully moves back and forth between two time periods and two memorably resourceful heroines, each of whom must rise to challenges the other could never imagine.
Publisher: Edmonton : NeWest Press, c2010.
ISBN: 9781897126998
1897126999
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource (358 p.) : ill., port.

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uncommonreader
Nov 16, 2013

I am obviously in a minority (the books won People's Choice for the Giller), but I found this story, obviously based on family history, just too domestic with nothing of interest to say.

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dbed
Sep 11, 2012

The best book I have read in a long, long time.

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Ireadalot2
Jul 23, 2012

Wonderfull novel about love, family, connections and the immigrant experience.

branch_reviews May 11, 2012

A treasured old photograph was Arabella’s grandmother’s only memento of her long-dead twin. So why is there an exact copy of it in a garage sale in rural Saskatchewan? The many threads of the story are woven together in the alternating voices of Arabella, an RCMP constable, and her great-grandmother Jane, who came to Vancouver Island in the late 1800s with her Welsh mining family. There’s something for everyone here – a fascinating bit of Canadian history, a touching story of family relationships, and murder investigations that span more than a century. This is Saskatchewan author Myrna’s Dey’s first novel; it was the People’s Choice nominee for the 2011 Giller Prize longlist.
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