Coming Home: Saskatchewan Remembered

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Dundurn, Mar 1, 2002 - Nature - 216 pages

Short-listed for the 2002 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Best Non-Fiction and Best Book

The stories in Coming Home are as surprising as the landscape of Saskatchewan itself and as varied as its weather. Through the author’s reminiscences, we experience prairie life as it was more than sixty years ago, and as it is today.

A rich cast of characters appears — neighbours, drunks, misfits — all with a place in the story. These are the tales of a father who lived hard, failed often, and was loved much, of a mother who was an artist at heart but became a teacher and farmer’s wife through circumstance.

We visit a prairie dance hall with a floor that rests on horsehair, encounter death, baptize a child, participate in a nude massage. We view sex from a farm boy’s perspective, learn of home brew and cabbage rolls, eat breakfast with friends, and meet the author’s favourite waitress. A sense of awe and wonder emerges through encounters with the land and the unfolding of the changing seasons.

 

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Contents

At my fathers table
11
Years ago down east
15
Significant weather
21
Howling at the moon
25
15
31
In the beginning was the dream
37
Landscaping
45
The night God played at Danceland
49
Of poppy seed and cabbage rolls
119
A letter received
125
August
129
Coming home
131
QuAppelle
135
Dirt
141
A sewer went out to sow
147
Glory glory how peculiar
155

At the jazz concert
57
They come in threes
59
Peace be with you
65
Why is it the good ones go first?
69
Trick or treat
75
A kind of hope
79
November
83
Relax and purr
85
Better a happy house
91
Of saints and other things
99
Remembering the queens toilet
103
The only subject
105
A love story
111
Every so often I need reminding
115
In the space between
159
What name shall we give this child?
165
I took some comfort there
171
At prayer
177
Breakfast at Peter Ds
183
From a distance
187
Let your light so shine
189
In gratitude
193
A time beyond fixing
197
A good funeral
201
Dust to dust
207
At the gas station
211
Acknowledgements
213
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About the author (2002)

Ron Evans was born in Saskatchewan in 1936. With the exception of four years in a parish, his working life was spent as a chaplain and teacher in psychiatric and general hospitals in Houston, California, and Saskatchewan. In another life, he would ask to have the courage to be an actor or join the circus; as it was he got only as far as the church. He and his wife Norma live at Shields, a village south of Saskatoon on the edge of Blackstrap Lake in Saskatchewan.

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