In the heart of cottage country in Ontario, bordering on a native reservation, Ann and Richard are confronted with the abrupt reappearance after ten years of a local man, Billy. His presence once again in their lives brings back powerful memories and rekindles old conflicts, love, and a betrayal, as each of their past and present stories gradually unfolds during one 1980s summer. Containing all of the elements for which The Island Walkers was celebrated, The Last Woman envelops us in Bemrose’s flawlessly crafted and complete world, where each character is unforgettably alive and real, and the land itself breathes its own story into our hearts.
Ann Scott is married to Richard, in an arrangement that often seems to be one of parallel lives rather than a romantic partnership. She is compelled to re-examine her life when her first love, Billy, re-enters her life. This story examines themes of love, friendship and betrayal. It is well written with deeply drawn characters.Set in northern Ontario, the novel also examines the issue of Aboriginal rights and culture, and the ways in which that culture and that of others Canadians can come into conflict.This is my second book by the author, and I have become a fan.read more
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