Saturday, May 05, 2018

Reader's Diary #1814- Rebecca Hendry: One Good Thing

While I enjoyed Elizabeth Hay's Late Nights on Air, I was never comfortable weighing in on whether or not it painted a realistic picture of Yellowknife. Set in the late 60s, early 70s and therefore long before I came to town, hers wasn't a Yellowknife I recognized. Interestingly, while Rebecca Hendry's One Good Thing is only set a few years later, still much earlier than my time, I do think she captured the feel of the place; the geography and the people.

It is a rather slow story though and many times when I thought a plot was developing, it didn't amount to much. It's largely about a young girl who, new to the north, comes to love her new home but fears her time there will be short lived no thanks to her parents' rocky relationship and a mysterious altercation between her father and a family friend. The characters however are rich and developed and that, along with the descriptions of the town, kept me reading despite the slow pace.

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