WINNER: 2014 WILLA Literary Award for historical fiction
Shortlisted: 2014 Saskatchewan Fiction Award
Banished to 1906 Saskatchewan, twenty-year-old Moira Burns must come to terms with both her unplanned pregnancy and Dillan Flaherty, the superstitious Catholic homesteader who employs her as a “dollybird.”
Housekeeper or whore? A dollybird might be either, or both, in the vocabulary of the times, leaving the community to draw its own conclusions about Moira’s role in that settler’s soddy. Determined to find redemption in the midst of derision, joy despite uncertainty, Moira faces impossible choices with consequences beyond anything she ever imagined.
Woven through with birth, death and the potential violence of both man and the elements, Dollybird celebrates the small mercies found among characters struggling under a huge prairie sky that waits , not so quiety, for them to fail.