The Wheel Keeper
Thomas, Wayne, British Journal of Canadian Studies
Robert Pepper-Smith, The Wheel Keeper (Edmonton: NeWest Press, 2003), 118pp. Paper. $14.95 CDN, $9.95 US. ISBN 1-8963-0049-9.
There is much to admire in Robert Pepper-Smith's debut novel. Rendered in a poetic prose, it offers a sensitive and elegiac depiction of the personal and public upheavals faced by a mid-twentieth-century Italian-Canadian family. In short, the book has heart.
Indeed, it is clear from the start that Pepper-Smith has a deep affection for his characters and their attempts to come to terms with the stuff of their lives; the force of his accounts derives in part from a keen understanding of the history and traditions central to the family's story, and also from a wider appreciation of human values and emotions.
Set in a fictional village in south-eastern British Columbia, the book traces two key events: the grandmother's forced emigration from her native Italy as an unwed mother seeking to avoid surrendering her child to the church; and …
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Publication information: Article title: The Wheel Keeper. Contributors: Thomas, Wayne - Author. Journal title: British Journal of Canadian Studies. Volume: 17. Issue: 1 Publication date: May 2004. Page number: 148. © Not available. Provided by ProQuest LLC. All Rights Reserved.
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