Caroline Woodward, an author with Peace Country roots, has written a new book – this time set in the Mighty Peace Country. Penny Loves Wade, Wade Loves Penny is already a best seller in B.C.
As unlikely as it may seem at first, the book is based on Homer’s The Odyssey: Penny is Penelope and Wade (which means ‘wanderer’) is Odysseus. Wade doesn’t sail the seas; he has a short and long haul trucking business that takes him away from Penny for long stints. Penny has her unwanted suitors and trying neighbors, but it is a ranch she struggles to maintain rather than a Mediterranean palace.
The book is about their tenacity in clinging to each other and to the land despite financial strain, the legacy of world war one, and the strength of community.
It’s a ‘classic’ Peace Country novel.
Read the first two pages (available online here) and immediately you will identify with the setting and atmosphere: Penny meets Wade at the Co-op when he comes in to buy gas for his truck full of local honey. We know the quality of the Peace Country sunshine and how it slants through the dust in the gas station, we know the sound of the bees and of the till, and the smell of flannel and blue jeans in the summer. If we were to write what we know, this might be exactly how we’d start, too.
Caroline Woodward has written other novels, but this is the first based in the Peace Country. Her book of short stories and prose poetry, Disturbing the Peace, is about her childhood on a Peace Country Homestead near Cecil Lake.
If you’re looking for a good read during this cold weather, Penny Loves Wade, Wade Loves Penny is a good one to consider. It’s available in Spirit River through interlibrary loan.
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