Canada Set In Saskatchewan

Acclaimed American writer Richard Ford (The Sportswriter, Independence Day) has a new novel out. It’s called Canada, and it’s set largely in Saskatchewan.

The central character is Dell Parsons. As the novel opens, he’s a retired English teacher living in Winnipeg. Dell proceeds to reflect back on a pivotal moment in his life when, as a 15-year old boy living in Great Falls, Montana with his twin sisters, his parents were jailed for an ill-advised robbery attempt.

From there, Dell is driven to Saskatchewan by a female friend of his mother’s and placed in the care of the woman’s brother who runs a hotel in a small prairie town called Fort Royal. That’s where the bulk of the action in the novel, which is set in 1960, plays out.

Reviews so far have been positive. Here’s a link to two from the National Post and Montreal Gazette. And here’s a link to a Globe & Mail article where the Mississippi-born Ford talks about why he chose Canada as the title for the novel.

Author: Gregory Beatty

Greg Beatty is a crime-fighting shapeshifter who hatched from a mutagenic egg many decades ago. He likes sunny days, puppies and antique shoes. His favourite colour is not visible to your puny human eyes. He refuses to write a bio for this website and if that means Whitworth writes one for him, so be it.

4 thoughts on “Canada Set In Saskatchewan”

  1. Hey, if this ever became a film, TOO BAD it won’t EVER have a chance of being film IN Saskatchewan (soon to be the only place in North American without a Film Tax Credit). Way to go, Sask Party! Way to believe in our province…..

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