Patrin Szkandery, a young woman living in Victoria BC in the 1970s, restores an ancient quilt and travels to Czechoslovakia to trace her Roma history over the unsettling terrain of central Europe in the years of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. The pieced cloth proves to be both coded map and palimpsest (patrin) of her extended family’s nomadic wandering through Moravia in the first decade of the 20th century. The elegant and beautifully attentive lyric prose of Kishkan’s earlier work in fiction and memoir is augmented here with masterful pace and plotting. Patrin is a little jewel of a novella, an exquisitely nuanced and moving glimpse into the grand themes of exile and homecoming across continents. Stitched seamlessly it is a suspenseful and historic tale. Patrin- is the old word for the clues Roma people left for their travelling fellows – a handful of leaves or twigs tied to a tree.
|Publisher:||Mother Tongue Publishing|
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About the Author
Theresa Kishkan is the author of eleven books of poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction. Mnemonic: A Book of Trees was a finalist for the 2012 Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize. She won the Edna Staebler Personal Essay Prize. Her books have been nominated for many awards, including the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize, the Pushcart Prize, and the Relit Award. She lives on the Sechelt Peninsula with her husband John Pass.