Alone in the ClassroomA Student of Weather

ISBN: 978-0-7710-3790-0
Publisher: McClelland & Stewart

“Enormously moving … An unsentimental testament to resilience and mettle … A triumphant novel.”

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Giller Prize Finalist


CAA MOSAID Technologies Inc. Award for Fiction

Pearson Canada Reader’s Choice Award Finalist

Globe and Mail Notable Book of the Year

About the Book

From some accidents of love and weather we never quite recover. At the worst of the Prairie dust bowl of the 1930s, a young man appears out of a blizzard and alters the lives of two sisters, beautiful Lucinda and small, dark Norma Joyce. Their rivalry sets the stage for all that follows in a narrative spanning over thirty years, beginning in Saskatchewan and moving, in the decades after the war, to Ottawa and New York City. Disarming, vividly told, unforgettable, this is a story about the mistakes we make that never go away. About how the things we want to keep vanish and the things we want to lose return to haunt us.