Small Beneath the Sky

Small Beneath the Sky

A Prairie Memoir

eBook - 2009
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Small Beneath the Sky is a tender, unsparing portrait of a family. It is also a book about place. Growing up in a small prairie city, where the local heroes were hockey players and curlers, Lorna Crozier never once dreamed of becoming a writer. Nonetheless, the grace, wisdom, and wit of her poetry have won her international acclaim. In this marvellous volume of recollections, she charts the geography that has shaped her character and her sense of home.
Publisher: Vancouver [B.C.] : Greystone Books, c2009 (Saint-Lazare, Quebec : Gibson Library Connections, 2010)
ISBN: 9781926812274
Characteristics: 1 online resource


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WVMLStaffPicks Sep 20, 2014

As you read this slim volume you can't help but feel it is coming straight from the heart. And if you have prairie roots (Crozier grew up in Swift Current), it will further enhance the appeal. (It reminded me of Dorothy Livesay's memoir A Winnipeg Childhood.) Read it and be inspired to pick up a volume of Lorna Crozier's poetry.

Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

This memoir had me enthralled from the first page. The imagery is some of the best I've ever read and she intersperses memoir segments with impressions on nature and her prairie surroundings.
Her memoir is open and honest and she doesn't try to gloss over the difficult times. She has gained permissions from some people she grew up with to tell their stories and has changed the names of others. Her family life was not easy and she talks about the role family dynamics played in not only her life, but that of her immediate family as well. The writing is lyrical and flowing and brings her world to life.

Sep 28, 2010

It is a small book with little vignettes of her life in Swift Current. I found it very interesting, amusing, and lyrical, Lorna is a poetess.
Lorna's description of her prairie childhood, the physical elements of the prairies and daily life itself seemed to jump off the page and become real. The description of the slow death of her mother and her great love for her was very moving. Literature ,and memoirs in particular ,seem to feed off the dysfunction of mother/daughter relationships.It is such a change and a good one,to see that a loving relationship can exist between a mother and daughter. I really enjoyed this book.

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Nov 28, 2014

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Nov 28, 2014

Personal and telling view of poverty and rural life in Canada mid 20th century, from a Canadian girl's viewpoint. Writing a bit tedious but worth a look for the topic anyway.


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