For Canada Day this year, we put together a list of 13 recommended books; one for each province or territory in Canada. In each book, the story takes place in the province or territory it was chosen for. Of course, this is not an exhaustive list, but it gives you a small glimpse into Canada’s diverse and far-reaching regions.
This is the third and final of three Reading Across Canada blog posts. This post will concentrate on the eastern provinces.
Please comment below with your recommended reads that are based in the specific provinces or territories listed. Happy reading!
Pélagie la Charrette by Antonine Maillet
Pélagie-la-Charrette by Antonine Maillet tells the story of the Acadian people's return to Grand Pré after the Great Upheaval. A novel that traces collective and individual memory, folklore and classical legends, and brings life and humour to a period of history marked by exile. Winner of the 1979 Goncourt Prize. (in French)
The Friends of Meager Fortune by David Adams Richards
New Brunswick’s Miramichi region serves as backdrop for moral exploration in the age of lumber. Family drama of the highest literary quality, dipping into a Richards’ novel takes you on a primordial human journey, all set in the forests of the east.
Newfoundland and Labrador
February by Lisa Moore
A shuddering tale of a waiting woman while the Ocean Ranger tragically goes down in the North Atlantic, and the years it takes to recover. St. John’s, Newfoundland is the sorrowful but throbbing backdrop.
Prince Edward Island
Anne of Green Gables by L.M. Montgomery
Hard to overlook Montgomery’s body of work, and her absolute love of PEI! Anne of Green Gables introduces us to her world of spunkiness and adventure through the landscape of each season on the Island. For some, the Anne books speak of Canada to the world.
L'inconnu de Sandy Cove by Sylvie Ouellette
Nova Scotia, 19th century. Élise Robichaud returns to Europe after 20 years and embarks on the story of a mysterious man found on a beach. This novel is based on Acadian folklore. (in French)