Monday, September 23, 2013

Slag by Joyce V. Harrison



In 1970, Anna Sorenson must make a decision that could drastically change her life as she journeys to the mining town in Northern Canada that she left fifteen years before, vowing never to return. She hopes to find answers in her past for the dilemma she now faces by revisiting events from her last year in high school. In that winter of 1955, Anna struggles to free herself from the tyranny of her mother and to resolve her conflicted feelings about a boy whose Cree Indian blood makes him off limits in her circle. As her dysfunctional family heads into crisis, so does the town: a union conflict turns ugly, the hockey team battles for the championship, and bitter cold weather delivers an unforeseen disaster. “Slag” paints a gritty portrait of life in the Far North and offers a glimpse into the Fifties generation when rock and roll arrived and the strict social fabric began to unravel.

My review:

I really enjoyed this book.  From beginning to end, I was able to read it straight through in under three hours!  It read that easily!

In Slag, you will go back to the 1950s.  The 1950's was, I think, one of the most defining times in our country.  Our country was still young and new artists like Elvis Presley were becoming well known.  Crisis's that are more common place now, were not then and sometimes changed your life in ways you never expected.

In this novel, you will meet Anna who is going through one of the toughest times as a young adult, their Senior year in high school.  Combine into that the problems in the town, the school hockey team, the unbelievable disaster that happens, her family problems, and her relationship with a young man who is part Cree Indian and you will be able to see what set in place a pivotal change in Anna's life. 

Unlike many novels, this book doesn't focus totally on Anna.  You will learn about other characters in the book and you will see how all of them are a very important part of her life.

Then you will travel forward 15 years, to another defining moment in Anna's life.  One that by going back and revisiting the town she grew up in, helped her decide on a new path.

This book was very well written, flowed very well and I enjoyed reading it.

Thank you to the author for providing me a copy for my review.

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