"Downriver" was Salina Brydson's entry and runner up in this year's Canada Writes on CBC. With matter-of-fact but rich and evocative imagery, the writing reminded me of Margaret Laurence's. That's no small compliment. It's all about making the right choices, paying attention to just the right details, without extensive elaboration or ever once succumbing to purple prose.
In "Downriver" a woman named Babette has an affair with a local trapper. She's clearly attracted to the lifestyle and quite possibly is confusing this attraction with an attraction to the man. Trying not to give too much away, the ending subtly suggests that perhaps she has found some self-awareness. And there's a three-legged dog.