Order of Good Cheer by Bill Gaston
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Indian summer, 1607. Intrepid explorer and map-maker Samuel de Champlain has founded a new and precarious settlement in Annapolis Royal, "New France" (present-day Nova Scotia). As winter looms, two threats emerge: boredom amongst the men and the deadly sickness scurvy. Champlain hits upon the idea of a moveable feast - an order of "good cheer" - where nobles and men can enjoy good local food, excellent wine, and camaraderie.
Early fall, 2007. Grain-mill worker Andy Winslow, the best-read man in the seaside town of Prince Rupert, British Columbia, has lost a chunk of his property to the ocean during an unseasonable storm. As winter approaches, Andy knows there are two things he must do: hold together the fraying emotional bonds among his friends and nurture a glimmer of hope for his town despite creeping environmental and economic decline. In his reading, he stumbles across a reference to Champlain's now-famous "Order of Good Cheer."
In alternating narratives, award-winning writer Bill Gaston constructs two characters separated by time, space, and circumstance, who nonetheless find common respite in celebration for its own sake, the healing splendour of food and wine, and a belief in the good things in life.
About the Author
Bill Gaston is the author of several much-praised story collections and novels, including Sex is Red, The Good Body, Mount Appetite, and Sointula,
and is the recipient of many prizes and accolades. In addition to his
Giller Prize nomination in 2002, he was the inaugural recipient of the
Timothy Findley Prize, awarded by the Writers' Trust of Canada to a
distinguished male writer for a stellar body of work.
He lives with his wife, writer Dede Crane, and family in Victoria, British Columbia.
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- Hardcover: 352 pages
- Publisher: House of Anansi Press (June 2008)
- ISBN-10: 0887842003
- ISBN-13: 978-0887842009
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