Physical and emotional isolation shape the Burke family story in the 1920s and 1930s when homesteaders scratched out a new existence on the prairie. William, an adventurer from New Zealand, brings his bride to the freshly broken earth of his farm near Watrous, Saskatchewan. Violet, the child born ‘feebleminded,’ plunges her mother Louise—a woman burdened with a secret—back to a time of guilt and regret. The child draws out goodness and loyalty in her neighbours, Hank and Emily. But tragedy upends this family, taking the reader at breakneck speed toward forgiveness and the realization that no one is infallible.
Readers of Karin Melberg Schwier’s most recent non-fiction, Flourish: People with Disabilities Living Life with Passion, and her numerous other works, will love her first novel. Two printings of the first edition (Burton House Books) are sold out, so the author has released a revised edition – same compelling story, new cover.
Winner of the 2019 John V. Hicks Long Manuscript Award for Fiction