What is your latest release and what genre is it? A novel: Wild Rose, published by Coteau Books
Quick description: Sophie is a young Quebecoise who comes west in 1884 to homestead with her new young husband Pierre in hopes of escaping a life she finds stifling and in search of freedom. But by the time their son is three Pierre has deserted leaving her destitute, with no one to turn to and with a child to raise. Determined to hang onto her dignity and her integrity and to save her child from a blighted life caused by her failure, she takes every ounce of her courage and intelligence and all her physical strength, and slowly makes her way, honourably, on her own in a mostly hostile and unforgiving environment, one that leaves no margin for mistakes. On this hard road she learns, finally, what it takes to be an independent, whole woman.
Sharon Butala is the author of seventeen books. Wild Rose is her seventh novel, she has published three short story collections and seven works of nonfiction, the best known of which is probably the bestselling memoir The Perfection of the Morning (HarperCollins Canada, 1994). For more than thirty years she lived on a cattle ranch in southwest Saskatchewan but a year after her husband Peter’s 2007 death she moved to Calgary to be near her grandchildren and there she remains. She has won many prizes and awards for her work, including the Marian Engel Award and most recently, the Kloppenburg Award for Literary Achievement. She has been invested in the Saskatchewan Order of Merit and is an Officer in the Order of Canada.
Links to buy Sharon’s first name book:
It is obtainable from: Coteau Books (follow the links) or from your nearest independent bookstore, in Calgary: Shelf Life Books, Pages in Kensington or Owl’s Nest Books.
What are you working on now?
I am currently working on a novel set in the present whose protagonist, Gen, is sixty-five, facing retirement and struggling to finally remember, admit to, understand, and integrate a confusing and troubled past while also dealing with the lives of her grown daughters, AND a work of non-fiction with Simon and Schuster called so far, Taking On the Day about women and aging, which is a memoir to follow the story told in The Perfection of the Morning.
Readers might also be interested to know that there is a manuscript of the rest of Sophie’s life from Wild Rose on that might some day be published too.
Sharon’s reading recommendation:
I am currently reading several of the batch of fall novels and I think so far I have most enjoyed Dianne Warren’s Liberty Street (HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.)