Florence, Dante and Me

In the early 1960s, when all things European were hip, a UBC student went to Italy for a year to study Dante. His letters home are the subject of a new book. Review by Beverly Cramp. FULL STORY

Dan Paxton Dunaway

October 21st, 2016

Having been a rancher, a sailor and the publisher of a community newspaper, Dan Paxton Dunaway turned to writing novels when he published The Seahorse Keeper (Self-published 2009). His follow-up is the Young Adult novel Heart Like a Wing (Ronsdale $11.95). The central protagonist is a prairie girl with a disfigured face. Briony lives at an orphanage until at the age of nine a childless older couple, Dagget and Moll, adopt her. They take her to their home in a small town in northern Saskatchewan where she is bullied by local school kids. To escape, Briony begins flying with Dagget, a bush pilot. On one of their trips to a northern reserve, Briony meets an older Cree woman and learns she herself has a Cree background. Gaining confidence, Briony soon becomes Dagget’s co-pilot and eventually earns her pilot’s licence. Then she learns a disturbing truth about the scar on her face, which makes her question everything she believes.  978-1-55380-476-5

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