On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers

On Island: Life Among the Coast Dwellers

by Pat Carney

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Overview

#1 BC bestselling book of 2017
Winner of the 2018 BC Book Prizes' Bill Duthie Booksellers Choice Award

A collection of stories chronicling the characters and dramas that capture life in small coastal communities.

In this story collection, Pat Carney follows the rhythms of day-to-day life in coastal BC. Featuring a revolving cast of characters—the newly retired couple, the church warden, the musician, the small-town girl with big city dreams—Carney’s keen observations of the personalities and dramas of coastal life are instantly recognizable to readers who are familiar with life in a small community. With her narrative of dock fights, pet shows, family feuds, logging camps and the ever-present tension between islanders and property-owning “off-islanders,” Carney’s witty and perceptive voice describes how the islanders weather the storms of coastal life.

Carney writes evocatively of the magical landscape of the British Columbia coast, where she has lived and worked for five decades. At the same time, she addresses the less-idyllic moments that can also characterize coastal life: power outages, winter storms, isolation. On Island brings the West Coast landscape—human and natural—to life, and gives islanders and mainland dwellers alike a taste of what it means to be “on island.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771512114
Publisher: TouchWood Editions
Publication date: 04/04/2017
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 304
File size: 5 MB

About the Author

Pat Carney is a journalist, educator, and politician, serving as a former Member of Parliament, cabinet minister, and senator. She was awarded the Order of Canada for her leadership role in these fields. Carney is the author of Trade Secrets: A Memoir (Key Porter) and other works. She lives on Saturna Island in BC’s Gulf Islands.

Table of Contents

Cat Dump 1

Nature Lovers 13

Priests and Pagans 27

Garden Party 41

Blondie 55

Bats in the Belfry 67

Pet Parade 81

Battle for the Beach 91

Medical Clinic 109

Burn Pile 121

Fish Fry 135

Dock Debates 155

Lights Out 177

Book Thief 191

Harbour Girl 207

Family Feud 219

Family Wedding 231

Storm 245

The Inlet 257

Sea Wolf 271

Acknowledgements 291

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