A Memoir of 100 DaysBook - 2003
When your home has literally dropped off the map, life becomes an uncharted journey When Dawn Rae Downton returns to Nova Scotia after two years away, she can't find Diamond, the community after which her farmhouse is named. Diamond doesn't exist anymore, not on the Diamond Road and not on any map. It is an ominous sign. She is home only a week when she learns that her best friend, Carol, has cancer. Carol refuses to see anyone other than Dawn Rae when the flurry of well-wishers becomes unbearable, and together the two women trace down the hundred days it takes for Carol to die. Although it is peopled by ghosts and an elegy lies at its heart,Diamondis also a frolic through the mishaps of trying to live off the land. It takes us on a tour through the habits of spiders, flooded basements, and duck husbandry. Vikings roam its pages, as do tales of sorcery, witch trials, and the legends of the famous gemstone. We hear about the tribulations of wells, mad cats, the pyschology of birthday cakes, and the security alarms at Zellers. Enriched with humour and leavened by a remarkable, unsentimental humanity,Diamondasks how anyone ever crosses from fear to safety, and shows how the human spirit wins out over even the greatest grief.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2003
Branch Call Number: 971.613 Dow
Characteristics: 247 p