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The Wheel Keeper and House of Spells

Robert Pepper-Smith Book Bundle 2 - The Wheel Keeper and House of Spells | 298 Pages December, 2017 2017 Holiday Book Bundles

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About The Wheel Keeper

Set in a fictional village in southeastern British Columbia, in a valley near the Rockies, The Wheel Keeper tells the story is the child of an Italian-Canadian family in a predominantly Italian-Canadian village. The story revolves around two central events: the grandmother's forced emigration from Italy as a young woman—an unwed mother, she must either flee or give up her child to the church—and the building of a hydroelectric dam which will flood the village.

From the late 1800s on, many peasants left southern Italy to work in the orchards and vineyards of Argentina and of British Columbia. These peasants were called golondrinas: the swallows. This is a story about displacement and the ways children overcome fragmentation through ritual, memory, identity, and relation.

About House of Spells

"I know why Mr. Giacomo wants Rose's baby and why he can't have him. And I want to make sure none of this is forgotten."

Robert Pepper-Smith's graceful new novel follows the friendship between teenagers Rose and Lacey and their search for self-confidence, acceptance, and love in a small village in southeastern British Columbia.

When Rose becomes pregnant, the mysterious and childless Giacomo family, whose wealth is well-known in the community, offers to adopt the child. As Rose wrestles with the decision to give up her baby, Lacey recounts her efforts to help her friend and the unsettling discoveries she makes along the way. With gentle humour and righteous anger, Lacey faces the destructive forces of greed and realizes her own capacity for courage and love.

"For a novel so short and sparse, Spells carries an uncommon power—readers will be surprised by how sharply it stings, like a tale seen through the uncompromising eyes of old age." ~ Bryn Evans, Alberta Views