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Reading in 2013: The Dolphins at Sainte-Marie

I seem to be on a short-story kick! At the library again, and on the Recommended Reads shelf, I spotted an author whose name I recognized, not for her fame, but for her hometown, her place of employment, and her three degrees of separation from my life (maybe only two, actually). Although I never took a course with her, she teaches at my alma mater. Though I've never met her, she is friends with one of my mother's closest friends.

So I picked up The Dolphins at Sainte-Marie by Sandra Sabatini. And I loved it. Such a wide range of stories - some about the same characters, but not all - that touched on life's heartache and injuries and injustices and wrongs, particularly through the eyes of the young. As an added bonus, references to Liverpool St and the Woodlawn Cemetery reminded me that several of the stories took place right in my hometown. All were in the familiar landscape of southern Ontario.

Definitely a recommended read. Poignant, sad, moving stories.

I think Sam and his grandma are my favourite of the characters. I want to be a fair bit like his grandma when I grow up.


MLW said…
I have another of her books - Dante's War. Have you read it? You are welcome to borrow it.

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