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In 1948, post-war Saskatchewan is becoming more tolerant of groups such as European immigrants and First Nations people. But there are still pockets of intolerance, especially in small towns such as Nimkus. And, in this particular town, a subtle class system exists where, on the social ladder, a poor farmer occupies the lowest rung.
It is into this den of bigotry that Sarah Roberts arrives from Ontario to marry Ben Fielding. It is here that, all his life, Ben has had to suffer the consequences of being both a poor farmer and a half-breed Native.
An unemployed schoolteacher, disinherited by her mother, Sarah thinks she has found the security and love for which she longs. But the farm to which Ben takes her is not the prosperous operation he has led her to believe. Nor is Ben anything like the man she has come to know and love through his letters. He is morose, distant and full of hate and dark secrets.
Gradually, the dark areas of Ben's past are revealed as Sarah struggles to cope with her disappointment, anger and her own guilt.
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Doris Riedweg has been published in several major newspapers in Canada. Her short stories have appeared in the literary magazines, Litwit Review and CANADIAN STORIES, both of which are published in Ontario. Two of her short storieshave won top awards in writing contests.
She is the editor and principal author of The Hospital on the Hill, a history of Langley Memorial Hospital 1948-1998.
Doris is a member of a professionally led critique group. She has participated in writing workshops through Surrey Continuing Education, and has attended the Surrey International Writers' Conference for many years.
Doris, a native of Saskatchewan and a former nurse, lives with her husband on the family farm in Langley, B.C.Review:
Fury of the Wind is a fascinating story of a small Saskatchewan community in the middle of the twentieth century how prejudice can lead to intolerance and injustice; how lies and deceit thwart love and ruin lives. This novel is a page-turner. --Ed Griffin
Novelist Doris Riedweg paints a landscape of post-war Saskatchewan as only a writer raised on the prairies can. Her sense of time and place is impeccable. Taking readers by the hand Doris leads them into an era of extremes; discrimination and intolerance fuel friendship hope and passion feed deceit. Fury of the Wind hits at the heart of Canadiana. --Elva Stoelers
Doris Riedweg lures us into this tale of deception and deliverance with abundant sensory description, clever foreshadowing, and a blend of well-developed characters. Protagonist, Sarah Fielding, is a model of strength and integrity as wife, mother, and community member. But she is not without her own secrets. Just when we think we've figured out who, in this cast of small town characters, we like and who has rightfully earned our contempt, Riedweg adds another element of intrigue to the storyline, testing our loyalties right up to the final chapter. As a group, in their collective humanness, the characters symbolize the many sides of us. Ultimately, we are able to empathize with each of them. --Mary Ellen Reid
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Book Description Libros Libertad, 2009. Condition: New. book. Seller Inventory # M0981073530