Book: The Story of Gar Author: Syr Ruus Publisher: etc. Press Ltd., Canada Date: 2014 Genre: Fiction Pages: 166 Price: $20.00 My Rating: A fascinating story that's different and sweetly memorable
I was delighted to be gifted a copy of The Story of Gar by Syr Ruus. Having read both of her first two novels – Lovesongs of Emmanuel Taggart and Devil’s Hump – which I have also reviewed here, I was eager to find out what marvellous tale the author had written this time. I was not disappointed.
The Story of Gar is about a young mother looking for a new home for herself and her three small children, a man who is alone and likes it that way, a family of crows also uprooted from their home. We are given the interesting view of life seen mostly from the perspective of one young crow in particular. At first notion it may seem a curious plot, however, you really should read this book! Syr Ruus has woven a story that pulls the reader in, holds one’s attention, and thrills with her storytelling.
This book is really about relationships and interactions – people with people, people with nature. The young family is needing a new life, and the man who helps them finds his life changing – for the better – because of them. His gift to them brings a whole new dimension to everyone’s life.
The Story of Gar is a novel that a young person would enjoy. There are a couple of tastefully handled places more for mature readers, small sections that can easily be skipped over and not ruin the story should a parent/guardian prefer the younger reader not read them.
A portion of this novel was awarded the Joyce Barkhouse Award by the Writers’ Federation of Nova Scotia.
The Story of Gar was shortlisted in the Ken Klonsky Novella Contest (Quattro Books, Toronto.)
If you want to read this book it can be obtained directly from the author. Please write to her at: syr(at)eastlink(dot)ca
You can find The Story of Gar listed on my BUY THE BOOK! page.
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