|Title:||The White Reef|
|Publisher:||Dodd, Mead & Company|
In a departure from her usual prairie farm settings, the author chose Vancouver Island as the setting for this story. Heartbreak Cove was a lonely little place, and between it and the Pacific Ocean stretched a dread barrier of rock, known as the White Reef, on which many a ship had been wrecked. Nona Darnell, the tempestuous daughter of a fisherman, falls in love with Quentin Wingate, whose father, a Vancouver capitalist, tries to make a summer resort out of Heartbreak Cove, and induces some of the White Reef fishermen to invest their earnings in this enterprise. The project fails, owing to the depression. Nona's love affair with Quentin runs smoothly for a time but takes a turn for the dramatic.—The Winnipeg Tribune, Dec 8, 1934. [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Ostenso, Martha
Martha Ostenso (1900-1963) was an American author and screenwriter. Born in Norway, her family emigrated to Manitoba, but eventually settled in the U.S. Midwest. She studied at the University of Manitoba where she met another author, Douglas Durkin whom she married in 1945. They moved to New York where she continued her studies at Columbia University. Ostenso is best known for her critically acclaimed first novel, "Wild Geese". The book is set in rural Manitoba and is known as a landmark work in the new field of literary 'realism'. She adapted the book into a movie which was released in 1927. Ostenso published about a dozen more novels but none achieved as much notoriety as her debut work. (Canadian Encyclopedia, Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)
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