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Letters from the Peace

Letters From The Peace
Fay Thomson Bland and Phoebe Fitz Wallace

Shoreline Press
$19.95
paper
112pp
1-896754-31-7

In the summer of 1940 two McGill students, Fay and Phoebe, went to the Peace River District of British Columbia to act as unpaid helpers to “the mishes,” Anglican missionaries working in the sparsely settled area. Their letters home document the people and trials of a life that could have been part of an earlier century. As Fay writes, “Phoebe and I are lucky, partly because of the country but mostly because of the people. There is no slither to this life; everything is hard and real and in the present, and nothing is impossible for the future. There are no bounds, no ruts, no morals, and except for the basic ones which survive uprooting, no traditions.”

An epilogue with updates on some of the characters is a nice touch, as are the historical notes about an intriguing part of Canada. mRb

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Margaret Goldik is editor of the Montreal Review of Books.

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