Who by Fire

Who by Fire

eBook - 2014
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Who by Fire is a powerful, passionate novel about the march of "progress" and the environments, families, and ways of life destroyed in its wake.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;The heart of this moving story belongs to Tom Ryder--a man whose expectations for the future and assumptions about his own strength and power are persistently and devastatingly undermined by the arrival of a sour gas plant on the border of his southern Alberta farm in the early 1960s. The emissions from the plant poison not only his livestock but the relationships he has with his family, most especially with his wife, Ella. The family is left without viable legal recource against the plant, and Tom must watch his farm dwindle away, his sense of himself dwindling away with it.
nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;The novel moves into the present with the story of Tom's son, Bill, who reacts to his father's disappointments by rising through the managerial ranks of an oil company in Fort McMurray, hiding from his guilt in the local casino. Bill pushes himself towards a crisis in conscience through a relationship he has with a Native woman whose community is threatened by the actions of his company.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario :, Doubleday Canada,, 2014.
ISBN: 9780385668804
0385668805
Branch Call Number: ELECTRONIC RESOURCE
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Finalist for the Georges Bugnet Award for Fiction.


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Skaidrite
Oct 16, 2015

This book describes the interaction between oil /fracking/gas companies and the public. People living near these sites are affected and also the environment is affected. I think everyone should read this book and think not only of the immediate profit, but also of the future effect on everything. MSG

melwyk Jan 14, 2015

Great, balanced look at natural gas development & family dynamics in Alberta, circa 1960 and today. Lots of wonderfully drawn characters & a strong setting.

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dorothyalmas
Dec 18, 2014

A really good book that all Albertans should read. We need to know these things.

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capitalcity
Nov 03, 2014

Bleakly sobering; wholly absorbing. Fate is the hunter.

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