The Biography of A FamilyBook - 2002
This book tells the story of a family shaped by social class and the ironies of war. It conveys the disparity between Penne's privileged, upper-class English and provincial Canadian backgrounds, made achingly clear in family stories from both continents. Through historical digs into old documents and letters and a series of interviews with her parents, Penne illuminates and revives their long-buried memories of upper-class soirées, a time of war, tragedy, a love affair and youthful dreams -- a time when a young war bride willingly risked travelling thousands of miles to follow her Canadian amputee husband into an uncertain future. In this fresh and unusual biography, A S Penne writes with emotional force and engaging honesty toward cultural synthesis and self-discovery. In the end, she does, indeed, find home where she least expects it.
Publisher: Victoria, BC : Touchwood Editions : 2002
Branch Call Number: 971.131 P381o