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Sailor Girl is both coming-of-age tale and love poem to the natural world. Set on the cargo boats of Canada's Great Lakes in the summer of 1981, it follows the literal and figurative journey of Kate McLeod, a rebellious photography student looking to earn money for school. Using tight, salty dialogue and gripping description, the book renders a sharp-edged portrait of life literally lived on the edges of society.
It is also a love story, in which a middle-class girl finds a deep connection with the unruly young men and toughminded women of the lakes. Life on the water is both brutally physical and socially restrictive, and Kate kicks against the rules, both written and unwritten. A female riff on such classics as Two Years Before the Mast and Malcolm Lowry's Ultramarine, Sailor Girl is also a uniquely Canadian story, one that distills a vanishing part of our heritage.
About the Author
Sheree-Lee Olson was born in Picton on the shores of Lake Ontario and grew up across Canada and in Europe. After earning degrees in visual art, philosophy and journalism, she joined the Globe and Mail as an editor in 1985. She has published fiction and poetry in numerous literary magazines, as well as contributing personal essays to the Globe. She lives in Toronto with her partner and two sons.
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- Paperback: 288 pages
- Publisher: Porcupine's Quill; 1 edition (June 1, 2008)
- ISBN-10: 0889843015
- ISBN-13: 978-0889843011
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