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Michael Kenyon

Lantzville (B.C.), Oolichan Books, 1991. 208pp, paper, $11.35
ISBN 0-88982-104-6. CIP

Grades 12 and up/Ages 17 and up
Reviewed by Katheryn Broughton.

Volume 19 Number 5
1991 October

Kenyon's present-day protagonist. Morgan, arrives in the fictional prairie town Kleinberg. hoping to integrate her own life through discovering all she can about her father, who had lived there over thirty years previously. The large, often confusing cast of bizarre charac­ters slowly comes to life in an extremely complicated plot. Gerta, an elderly survivor of the earlier era, reveals in an incoherent fashion the unsavoury details of the moral dilemmas faced by the people she associated with so many years ago. Several of these appear as ghosts to Morgan, who finds them as real and just as confusing as the contem­porary people she encounters.

Although the reader is drawn into the story, the conclusion is frustratingly enigmatic and the novel seems unneces­sarily complex. However, the prairie town experience is beautifully evoked and the writing is excellent. As a result, the reader will be ready to pick up a second offering by this prize-winning short story author.


Katheryn Broughton, Thornhill, Ont.
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