The Perfection of the Morning: An Apprenticeship in Nature

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Through history, dream, vision and the reality of everyday life, Butala has created a rich portrait of her outer landscape - the southwest corner of Saskatchewan near the Montana border - and her inner one, the world of artistic imagination. Butala's home is one of vast grasslands and extreme climates, a territory where native bands first hunted and pioneers later attempted to settle. It is a world of farmers and ranchers who try to survive in spite of drought and cold, failing crops and isolation. It is a world as well of wildlife and endless prairie, of starlit nights and sweetsmelling grasses, where the growing writer is forced to confront not only her own solitude but her struggle to connect with the world around her.
Faced with powerful visions and dreams that she at first cannot comprehend, Butala comes to understand that she can find in Nature a guiding force. What can she learn from ancient wisdom that will enable her to make this land her own? Can she ever find a place for herself in a community that is self-sufficient? Does she have the courage to turn her personal crisis both as a woman and as a writer into the stuff of fiction?

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SHARON BUTALA is an award-winning and bestselling author of both fiction and non-fiction. Her classic book The Perfection of the Morning was a #1 bestseller and a finalist for the Governor General’s Award. Fever, a short story collection, won the 1992 Authors’ Award for Paperback Fiction and was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for best book (Canada and Caribbean region). Butala is a recipient of the Marian Engel Award, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and the 2012 Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. In 2002 she became an Officer of the Order of Canada. She lives in Calgary, Alberta.

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