Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts

Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts

by Ian Ferguson

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Village of the Small Houses: A Memoir of Sorts by Ian Ferguson

In 1959, just one step ahead of the law, Ian Ferguson’s parents left the sophisticated big-city life of Edmonton and ended up in Fort Vermilion, 846 km due north. It was meant to be a temporary move. Ian’s father lasted ten years before he made his escape; his mother remained until recently. Fort Vermilion, once a fur-trapping frontier town, was predominantly aboriginal, the third poorest community in Canada. Like their neighbours, the Ferguson kids—Ian and his six brothers and sisters—grew up without indoor plumbing, central heating or electricity. Living closer to the Arctic Circle than to the American border, without the influences of television or radio, Canada was a dream to them, as faraway and exotic as England or Australia.

Beginning with the dramatic events surrounding his birth—including a paddlewheel ferry heading for destruction, a legendary rowboat trip, and a life-and-death race against time—Ferguson moves on to recreate adventures involving loophole ceremonies, life-saving encounters with indigenous medicines, tea dances, stolen hockey sticks and a boy lost in the woods.

Funny with sad bits–and sometimes the other way around—The Village of Small Houses is an unforgettable story that lives, as Ferguson says, somewhere between Angela’s Ashes and Who Has Seen the Wind.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781926685892
Publisher: D & M Publishers
Publication date: 07/01/2009
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 192
File size: 2 MB

About the Author

Ian Ferguson is an award-winning playwright and humorist whose commentaries have been widely broadcast on radio and television. He is the creator of the live improvised soap operas “Die-Nasty” and “Sin City.” He has directed and taught improv at Toronto's renowned Second City comedy club and is currently writing a sit-com pilot for a major U.S. television network. With his brother Will, he is co-author of the runaway best-seller How to Be a Canadian.

Table of Contents

1. Big River, 1
2. Clean Getaway, 23
3. True North, 35
4. Medicine Man, 51
5. Lost Boy, 69
6. Perfect Crime, 91
7. Standing Buffalo, 107
8. Tea Dance, 123
9. Throat Singer, 139
10. Moving Pictures, 151
11. Lazy Guy, 167
12. Long Gone, 183

Epilogue, 193
Author's Note, 197
Acknowledgements, 199

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