Winter Wren is a novella set on a beach west of Victoria, B.C. in 1974. Its central character, Grace Oakden, has returned to Canada after attending art school in France and making a life for herself as a painter. She becomes involved with the former owner of her house, a man whose father was an artefact collector in the tradition of Charles Newcombe and who now lives in a care home for the elderly, and she also begins an affair with a local potter who studied for a time with Bernard Leach in England. These two men, each in his own way, and each unknowingly, challenge her to rise to the task of finding an artistic language to examine her place and her history, to learn how to paint the view at dusk.
"A phenomenal read." - Book Addiction
"[A] beautiful meditation of transformation and of place..." - Kerry Clare
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Theresa Kishkan is the critically acclaimed author of 13 books of poetry, fiction, and non-fiction, most recently Euclid’s Orchard and another novella, Patrin (Mother Tongue Publishing, 2017 and 2015, respectively). She lives near Pender Harbour, northwest of Vancouver.