It’s been awhile since I’ve written about any of the books I’ve been reading, but since I’m sure my university texts aren’t of that much interest to many folks, I thought I’d save this for summer 🙂
Since school ended, I’ve had some time to work on my ever-expanding list of books to read. This month I went off of my list though, and I just went browsing in my local book store.
Side note: Westminster Books (in Fredericton, NB), is a lovely, friendly, and well-stocked little store, perfect for browsing!
There, in the local section, I found a book called Peninsula Sinking, by David Huebert. I quickly picked it up, and the book store employee quickly reassured me that he’s heard great things from the people who had read it already.
I brought this book with me when I went to Greece, and I’m so happy I did. Reading it gave me a little sense of home while I was away. It’s amazing how simply reading about home, even when it’s stories you aren’t familiar with, can bring so much comfort. Simple phrases, ones you didn’t even know were “Nova Scotian”, stand out when you aren’t used to reading local authors’ writing.
I found this book hit especially close to home because most of the stories were about young people trying to find their place and their path. It displays the pushes and the pulls of a province that is small, rural, and not necessarily full of opportunity for 20-somethings. It put into words a feeling that I’ve never been able to describe, one of desire to explore what’s beyond the Maritimes combined with a feeling of being content, grounded, and full right here.
I find it hard to pick a favourite story in the book, because they all seem to fit together really nicely, and I can’t remember them individually. Although they each have different characters, there are themes, emotions, and ideas that are consistent throughout the book, which gives it a nice flow for a collection of stories.
*Photos from his website https://davidhuebert.com