Join us for an evening with the author of Becoming Sand.
A gripping work of Canadian literary fiction that sweeps the reader back in time, through generations of decisions that lead to the separation and disintegration of one family. In the 1600’s a dynasty is founded on bitterness carried over from the past in France, to cruelty and hardship in the New World. From a fur-trader in New France, to a land-owner in Quebec, to homesteaders in Alberta in the 1920’s, each generation faces its challenges. By the 1960’s the family is prosperously established in Alberta, but a taint of perversion and misplaced pride is wearing away at the rock of their cultural heritage and their family cohesion. The pressures to assimilate to the dominant English-speaking culture and the modern world overshadow all else. Family bonds unravel, despite the efforts of the matriarch, Marie-Eve, to preserve the pebbles of their heritage. Four modern women in the family must struggle to release the tentacles of abuse, despair and selfishness which threaten to pull them under. Their struggles reflect those of their long-lost ancestor of the Huron nation, who lost everything upon the arrival of the Europeans. Will the family survive? Or will everything become no more…than sand?