Any Other Woman

By Monica Kidd

Any Other Woman
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In the early twentieth century, Andrew Zak proposes to Rosalia Patala in a letter. New to North America from Slovakia, Rosalia boards a train from New York to Crowsnest Pass, AB, where she marries a man she knows only through the written word. They bear and lose their first ... Read more


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In the early twentieth century, Andrew Zak proposes to Rosalia Patala in a letter. New to North America from Slovakia, Rosalia boards a train from New York to Crowsnest Pass, AB, where she marries a man she knows only through the written word. They bear and lose their first child, fear the dangers of hazardous coal mines, and raise a family of four children on their homestead.

But this story contains holes, and Monica Kidd, a journalist and great-granddaughter to Andrew and Rosalia, is compelled by them. In prose as beautiful as her poetry, Kidd describes her life-altering journey toward uncovering the mysteries of her family's past. Did Andrew and Rosalia court? Why did they each leave Slovakia? Years later, in present day Canada, Monica travels from her home in Newfoundland back to Alberta and then Slovakia, where she trails the ghost of Rosalia in search of why she, and the thousands of women like her, launched themselves into the vast unknown of becoming frontier wives.

Monica Kidd

Monica Kidd was raised in the small town of Elnora, AB. Shortly after moving to Newfoundland in 1998, she began working full-time as a reporter for CBC Radio, where she won numerous awards for news stories and documentaries. She is the author of Actualities, a collection of poetry, as well as the novels The Momentum of Red and Beatrice.

After completing a B.Sc. in Zoology at the University of Calgary and a M.Sc. in Biology at Queen's University, she attended medical school at the Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is currently a medical resident in St. John's, Newfoundland.

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