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"A chance discovery of a sepia photograph of her grandmother and her twin sister leads RCMP Constable Arabella Dryvynsydes on an investigation: how did a picture taken in 1914 in the mining town of Extension B.C. end up in a garage sale in rural Saskatchewan almost one hundred years later? As Arabella sifts through long-forgotten letters and buried memories, she unearths heartbreaking truths of her family history - and in the process also resolves a century-old murder."--Back cover.
Publisher: Edmonton, Alta. : NeWest Press, ©2010
ISBN: 9781897126684
Branch Call Number: DEY
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 24 cm


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Nov 16, 2013

I am obviously in a minority (the books won People's Choice for the Giller), but I found this story, obviously based on family history, just too domestic with nothing of interest to say.

Sep 11, 2012

The best book I have read in a long, long time.

Jul 23, 2012

Wonderfull novel about love, family, connections and the immigrant experience.

branch_reviews May 11, 2012

A treasured old photograph was Arabella’s grandmother’s only memento of her long-dead twin. So why is there an exact copy of it in a garage sale in rural Saskatchewan? The many threads of the story are woven together in the alternating voices of Arabella, an RCMP constable, and her great-grandmother Jane, who came to Vancouver Island in the late 1800s with her Welsh mining family. There’s something for everyone here – a fascinating bit of Canadian history, a touching story of family relationships, and murder investigations that span more than a century. This is Saskatchewan author Myrna’s Dey’s first novel; it was the People’s Choice nominee for the 2011 Giller Prize longlist.
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