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The Dark Weaver

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Title:The Dark Weaver
Salverson, Laura Goodman   
(2 of 6 for author by title)
Hidden Fire
The Alabaster Box
Published:   1937
Publisher:The Ryerson Press
Tags:Canada, Canadiana, fiction, Governor General's Literary Award

The Dark Weaver is an epic novel that tells the story of a group of immigrants from Europe to Canada with their children. The novel touches on many themes in an elaborately woven story including generational differences, the building of Canada, immigration, the development of the West, tensions between European tradition and North American newness, and industrialisation. The book opens in the mid-nineteenth century and ends during the First World War.

It is a long and well-plotted story with well-developed characters. Salverson excels at communicating the emotions of her characters and provides very detailed descriptions. In this sense, stylistically, the novel is more akin to the Victorian era and the Interwar period. . . .—Jason @ intoether.blogspot.com

The book was the 1937 Governor General’s Literary Award award winner for fiction. [Suggest a different description.]

Pages:363 Info

Author Bio for Salverson, Laura Goodman

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Laura Goodman Salverson (1890-1970) was a Canadian author of Icelandic heritage. Born in Winnipeg, she traveled about the country and the United States in her youth. She married George Salverson in 1913 who was a railwayman and she continued her itinerant life. She supplemented their income by writing short stories and later novels. Salverson used her own background as inspiration for three novels about the immigrant experience in Canada. The Viking Heart, perhaps her best work traces the immigration of Icelanders to the region of Gimli, Manitoba. In 1937 she published the Dark Weaver, another book about Nordic immigrants. For this effort she won the Governor General's Literary Award. In 1939 she wrote her autobiography, Confessions of an Immigrant's Daughter. She won a second Governor General's award for this book in the non-fiction category. (Oxford Companion to Canadian Literature)

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