I love a good long weekend. I also love Halifax. So, in honour of Natal Day which celebrates both, here are a few books I have read and enjoyed that take place in or around Halifax.
These Four Walls by Susan Cameron takes place in both modern and Depression-era Halifax. Piecing together her mother, Rose’s life, Barbara discovers the wealth of pretty dramatic secrets her mother held, and also allows us to experience Rose and a much older Halifax firsthand. Rose and her sisters are quite young when both of their parents die of tuberculosis, and they are sent to a Protestant orphanage in the North End of Halifax. Rose travels the city by streetcar, chats with sailors on shore leave, watches fireworks from Citadel Hill, begins a family, and keeps secrets to protect herself and her sisters.
Beloved local author, Budge Wilson writes about Halifax in her collection of short stories for teens, Fractures: family stories. Taking place at different times in our city’s history, Wilson’s stories are rooted in the homes of Inglis Street, Windsor Street, Bedford, and the problems and heartaches that fracture and hold together all different kinds of families.