Lily's Story

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Lily’s Story tells the tale of a remarkable pioneer woman, born in the backwoods of Ontario in 1840. Lily’s struggle to survive and grow and discover her place in the scheme of things is complicated by the travail of frontier living, and the impact of historical events themselves. Lily’s Story is part history and part fable, with historical personages and a bizarre gallery of local characters. More

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Review by: Shaun J. McLaughlin on Aug. 26, 2013 :
Lily’s Story follows the life of a pioneer woman from childhood to dotage. Born on a rough hewn farm in Southwest Ontario in 1840, she witnesses over her long life the end of the old-growth forest, the disappearance of the natives, escaped slaves arriving on the Underground Railroad, the coming of steam trains, the discovery of oil, the birth of Canada, economic prosperity and depression, and several wars that claim men in her family.

Gutteridge has blended superbly researched history with lyrical literary fiction to create an intriguing tale of the sorrows, sacrifices and joys of Lily’s entangled life. Lily’s Story is part history and part fable, with historical personages and a bizarre gallery of local characters. It is one of the few historical fiction books that includes a bibliography—just so you know the history part is not made up. It is a long book at 287,950 words and not designed for anyone with a short attention span. It is a long read and worth every minute.
(reviewed long after purchase)

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