Anne Lazurko is a journalist and novelist based in southern Saskatchewan. Her first novel, Dollybird, was published by Coteau Books a few months ago. Last fall I chatted with her about the editing process, the challenges aroundn writing and publishing a novel, and her novel’s ending (no spoilers though).
I found the characters very engaging. I could see how they changed and grew as the novel progressed, and it was completely realistic to me.
I’ve been in a bit of a reading slump this summer – trying to get through some heavy books, and busy with other things. But this book is exactly what I needed to kick start my fall reading. The plot sucked me right in – I burned through the last 100 pages in one evening. I think I finished the entire book in three or four days. I’m normally a slow reader, so that’s a good clip for me.
It was also clear Anne did her research. The details about medicine (or lack of) at the turn of the 20th century made the characters and plot more credible. Also many good details about the setting (Ibsen and area, which was near Moose Jaw/Weyburn).
A wonderful piece of historical fiction.