Book picks as published in the February 5, 2020 St. Albert Gazette. For more great reads, check here.
Africville : a novel
By Jeffrey Colvin
A stunning debut with a richly woven tapestry, set in a small Nova Scotia town settled by former slaves, that depicts several generations of one family bound together and torn apart by blood, faith, time, and fate. Structured as a triptych, Africaville chronicles the lives of three generations of the Sebolt family from the 1930s to the 1980s. Vibrant, lyrical and told in a powerful, haunting voice.
Had it coming : what’s fair in the age of #MeToo
By Robyn Doolittle
The world is now increasingly aware of the pervasiveness of rape culture in which powerful men got away with sexual assault and harassment for years. Surprisingly, Canada has the most progressive sexual assault laws in the developed world, yet the system is failing victims at every stage. A nuanced and informed look at how attitudes around sexual behaviour have changed and still need to change.