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A Student of Weather by Elizabeth Hay

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Eight-year-old Norma Joyce and her 17-year-old sister Lucinda are living with their widowed father on a wind-swept farm in 1930s Saskatchewan when a stranger blows into town and changes their lives forever. Beautiful, fair and hard-working Lucinda is the favored daughter, compared to small, dark and challenging Norma Joyce, but each is formidable in her own way. This family story by an acclaimed Canadian author covers 30 years and takes its members from the western prairies to "heavenly" Ontario to New York City and back again, through dreams, heartbreak, love, betrayal and loss. The story is exceptional for its powerful sense of place and the author's quiet, arresting and evocative prose. I don't know why I never heard of this writer before but I'll be reading the rest of her novels soon. Check Our Catalog

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