Release Date: 26 April 2011
In 1930, a school principal in Saskatchewan is suspected of abusing a student. Seven years later, on the other side of the country, a girl picking wild cherries meets a violent end. These are only two of the mysteries in the life of the narrator's charismatic aunt, Connie Flood.
As the narrator Anne pieces together her aunt's lifelong attachment to her former student Michael Graves, and her obsession with Parley Burns, the inscrutable principal implicated in the assault of Michael's younger sister. Her own story becomes connected with that of the past, and the triangle of principal, teacher, student opens out into other emotional triangles - aunt, niece, love, mother, daughter, granddaughter - until a sudden, capsizing love changes Anne's life.
I picked up Elizabeth Hay's Giller Prize winning book Late Nights on Air in my attempt to read more Canadian literature and I really enjoyed the book. She is a wonderful writer and I'm really looking forward to this one, I'm sure the mystery will draw me in!