Dollybird

WINNER of the 2014 WILLA Literary Award for historical fiction

NOMINATED for the 2014 SaskPower Fiction Award, Saskatchewan Book Awards

Twenty-year-olDollybird coverd Moira, banished to 1906 Saskatchewan because of her unwed pregnancy, must come to terms with her pioneer environment, and the superstitious Irish Catholic homesteader, Dillan Flaherty,  who employs her as a “dollybird.”

Housekeeper or covert whore? A dollybird can be either, or both, in the vocabulary of the times, leaving the community to draw its own conclusions about who and what Moira is in that settler’s soddy. Determined to find redemption in the midst of their derision, and to find joy despite uncertainty, Moira faces impossible choices with consequences beyond anything she ever imagined.

Woven through with births, deaths and the potential violences of both man and the elements, Dollybird  examines and celebrates the small mercies which come to mean more than they should, on a prairie peopled with characters who are struggling under that huge sky that seems to be waiting, not so quietly, for them to fail.

 

 

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23 thoughts on “Dollybird”

  1. Anne,
    You are an amazing writer! I have only read the poetry and some of the pieces in the farming magazines prior to this. I can’t wait to see Dollybird in print, as I am sure will happen. Your next book has a fascinating premise which holds the ring of truth from my perspective. I hope the process is as rewarding as the product!

  2. Hey Anne, I enjoyed your last article in the Country Guide, I was googling for your email to send you a note and stumbled upon your blog. Just wanted to pass on the ‘thumbs up’ on both.

  3. I do hope to read your novel..sounds so interesting. My grandmother came west at 18 to live on the farm where we once lived..she was married but living conditions then were so challenging as was society. I look forward to your

  4. Amazing Anne! Loved it from beginning to end, a very interesting perspective of a page in history from our own backyard! Looking forward to Friday in historic South Weyburn school ~ my first book launch!!!

    1. That’s so great Brenda! I hope you all enjoy it and do let me know. It’s always good to hear feedback, good or bad, so I know what to remember while writing the next novel! Thanks for letting me know.
      Anne

  5. Hello Anne – Our little book club has picked Dollybird as our January read. We are meeting this evening to discuss your book. This is my second read of this book and I enjoyed it as much the second time as I did the first time I read it. I am looking forward to hearing what the other members of our club think too. Hope you are working on another book!

  6. Hi Anne
    So wonderful…………..I really enjoyed reading your book. Even in elementary school your creative spirit was inspiring, glass to see it in prose.

  7. Hello Anne, Just dropping a line from St. John’s, Newfoundland. I recently picked up DOLLYBIRD at the library most accidently…but what a treat! I thoroughly enjoyed it!
    All the best!

    1. Hi Cindy,
      Thanks so much for the note. It’s amazing to me where DOLLYBIRD ends up and who reads the story. So happy you enjoyed it and again, thanks for making contact. Take care out there on your end of the country!
      Anne

    1. Hi Faye,
      So glad you liked the book. I’ve actually been asked about a sequel a lot and, sorry to disappoint but there isn’t one. I feel like I’ve taken these characters to a place where the world is open to them and the reader can come up with their own ‘next story’ for Moira and Dillan. I am working on another novel, though. This time WWII and Indonesian War of Independence history. Quite a departure, I know. But I hope someday you will enjoy it as well! Take care.
      Anne

    1. Hi Carol,
      No formal discussion questions, but I’ve been asked to attend others where the discussion was lively and showed me some insight into the characters despite that I wrote them! I can let you know the kinds of things they talked about if you like. Thanks so much for including Dollybird in your reading!
      Anne

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