December 13th, 2021
What draws people to small towns and what keeps them there? These are some of the questions Kathryn Hartley grapples with in her novel The One-Eyed Chevrolet: Stories from Cougar Lake (Red Tuque Books $13.95) about a fictional town set in the rolling foothills of the Rocky Mountains. While Hartley’s stories stand alone and can be read separately, each story also gently intersects with the others. After all, most small town folks know of each other if they aren’t outright friends and neighbours. Ultimately, the people of Cougar Lake depend on each other to survive. Hartley won her first poetry competition at the age of ten and has previously published a book of poetry, Women Without Shadows and a YA novel Journey to Night Mountain. She lives in Nelson.