In 1974, after escaping an abusive marriage, Luanne Armstrong struggled with poverty and caring for four small children. During this time, the author and Sam Moore began their friendship; they were both young single parents in crisis, and needed to change their lives. They supported each other through the child-rearing years, careers and environmental, peace and feminist work. Their friendship endured and strengthened during the colourful, sometimes strange, but also community-altering movements that rocked the seventies and eighties throughout BC: back-to-the-landers, draft dodgers, hippies, drugs and political movements for peace, feminism and equality. Now in their later years, they are again both facing an identity crisis, and, again, they do so together, their long friendship a source of immense strength and comfort. This book delves into the hardships of aging, grief and pain, and how friendships can sustain all of us. A BRIGHT AND STEADY FLAME gives insight into how deep and powerful a friendship can be. Armstrong's new book speaks to our compelling human need and ability to build long-lasting community. This is a love story that celebrates, for all people, the solace that true friendship can provide.
Luanne Armstrong has written twenty books. She writes young adult books, fiction, nonfiction and poetry. She has contributed to many anthologies and edited a Canadian non-fiction anthology called SLICE ME SOME TRUTH. She has been nominated for or won many awards, including the Moonbeam Award, the Chocolate Lily Award, the Hubert Evans Non-Fiction Prize, the Red Cedar Award, Surrey Schools Book of the Year Award, the Sheila A. Egoff Children's Literature Prize and the Silver Birch Prize. Luanne presently lives on her farm on Kootenay Lake. Her previous book from Caitlin was THE LIGHT THROUGH THE TREES.
'From the Kootenays to the coast and back again, from poverty and single parenthood to writing and activism, love and pain, A BRIGHT AND STEADY FLAME is a love letter to a fifty-year friendship and a memoir that offers extraordinary insights into aging, love, loss and joy. ''--Jane Hamilton Silcott, co-editor of LOVE ME TRUE and author of EVERYTHING RUSTLES
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