Home Feed
Home
Search
Search
Add Review, Blurb, Quote
Add
Activity
Activity
Profile
Profile
Always Brave, Sometimes Kind
Always Brave, Sometimes Kind: A Novel | Katie Bickell
2 posts | 2 read | 2 to read
An exciting debut novel told in connected short stories that captures the diverse and complicated networks of people who stretch our communitiessometimes farther than we know. Set in the cities, reserves, and rural reaches of Alberta, Katie Bickells debut novel is told in a series of stories that span the years from 1990 to 2016, through cycles of boom and bust in the oil fields, government budget cuts and workers rights policies, the rising opioid crisis, and the intersecting lives of people whose communities sometimes stretch farther than they know. We meet a teenage runaway who goes into labour at the West Edmonton Mall, a doctor managing hospital overflow in a time of healthcare cutbacks, a broke dad making extra pay through a phone sex line, a young musician who dreams of fame beyond the reserve, and a dedicated hockey mom grappling with sense of self when shes no longer neededor welcomeat the rink. Always Brave, Sometimes Kind captures a network of friends, caregivers, in-laws, and near misses, with each characters life coming into greater focus as we learn more about the people around them. Tracing alliances and betrayals from different perspectives over decades, Bickell writes an ode to home and community that is both warm and gritty, well-defined and utterly complicated.
Amazon Indiebound Barnes and Noble WorldCat Goodreads LibraryThing
Pick icon
100%
review
Kazzie
Pickpick

Lots of interesting interwoven stories. Very Alberta. The history was cool to see. Some threads worked more than others

review
Lindy
post image
Pickpick

A jigsaw puzzle of a novel with about 40 recurring characters whose lives intersect in the episodic chapters. It covers a lot of issues and appeals to my social justice warrior self. Full review on my blog: https://lindypratch.blogspot.com/2020/10/always-brave-sometimes-kind-by-katie.ht...
#canlit #shadowgiller

38 likes2 stack adds