I am in mourning. Mourning the loss of every character I am now completely in love with after reading A Place Called Winter. I am aware that may make me sound crazy but this is one of those books that embeds itself so deeply under your skin you never want it to end.
Gale has written numerous novels before but this is the first one I have read. It is drama and there are moments that will make your heart cry but there are also the warmest moments set in the harshest on conditions. Nevertheless, if you are in the middle of chemotherapy and feeling very emotionally raw, maybe wait!
The novel is mainly prose, almost like poetry it is so beautifully written and the story is experienced through the eyes of the protagonist Harry Cane – the real Great-Grandfather of the author – who moved to Canada in the early 1900’s to set up a homestead but no one ever knew why, Gale has then used artistic licence to imagine all the blanks.
My favourite thing about this novel is the depth and heartfeltness of the characters. The whole book is character driven and (with the exception of the antagonist) I think you will fall in love with every single one of them.
It is set in such an interesting era that I knew nothing about and the circumstance that Harry Cane finds himself in, repeatedly adds to the characters and the depth of the beautiful story.
I highly recommend this book, it may even be one of the only books I read more than once.
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