The Prairie Bridesmaid

The Prairie Bridesmaid

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Anna Lasko is a frustrated schoolteacher in her thirties. While her almost-but-not-quite ex-boyfriend Adam is on a work assignment in Europe, Anna finds herself tricked into a ditch-the-loser intervention by her supportive yet meddling girlfriends. More frustrated than ever, Anna starts to smoke, asks Buddy, the backyard squirrel, for advice, and finally seeks out the help of a caring but fashion-challenged therapist. Adding to the emotional overload, Anna's beautiful but rash sister decides to move to the Middle East. Luckily, Anna has a resource even better than Buddy or the therapist: her devoted grandmother, who tells it like it is, refuses to conform to anyone's expectations, and who continues to live on her prairie farm all alone, half-blind, and completely happy. In her richly rewarding debut novel, Daria Salamon explores the bonds that make and break family, friendship, and love with warmth and good humor.
Publisher: Toronto : Key Porter Books, [2009], c2008
ISBN: 9781554701834
Branch Call Number: FICTION SALAMON
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Characteristics: 266 p. ;,22 cm

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WVMLStaffPicks Oct 27, 2014

In this witty tale a 30-something teacher finally wakes up from a long and unhappy affair, surrounded by great characters including an almost blind and fiercely independent grandma who still butchers her own chickens and a friend who is driving everyone crazy with her wedding preparations. You'll recognize the sardonic voice of a prairie gal or perhaps any Canadian in this Winnipeg author - off beat, caring and effortlessly authentic. 4 stars

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