SHORTLISTED FOR THE SECOND ANNUAL KOBO EMERGING WRITER PRIZE - LITERARY FICTION
When her family's car goes through the ice on Rainy Lake one cold March day in 1962, six-year-old Rebecca Archer is the only person her father is able to pull from the sinking vehicle. But as Rebecca grows up in a farmhouse haunted by the absence of her mother and baby brother, raised by a man left nearly paralyzed with grief, she wonders if her father really did save her after all.
Eventually, though, Rebecca finds solace in the company of her friends: Chuck, the sensitive son of a violently abusive father; and Lissie, an Aboriginal girl being raised alone by a perfectionist white mother. As these three young people protect and support one another, Rebecca discovers that by saving Chuck and Lissie, she may also save herself.
In her debut novel, Wendi Stewart tells the luminous, deeply imagined story of a young woman's hard-won triumph over heartbreaking personal tragedy.
Praise for Meadowlark
"Read it for Wendi Stewart's powerful evocation of loss and for the hope held throughout that these orphans will find some escape."
--Jade Colbert, The Globe and Mail
"Wendi Stewart has a smart and compelling heroine in Rebecca Archer."
--Chelsea Rooney, National Post
"Stewart's story reflects self-discovery in the midst of suffering. Meadowlark is a novel of tragedy infused with hope and survival."
--Kirsten Parucha, Quill and Quire
"Meadowlarkis remarkable for its distinctive, clear-voiced, endearing young characters... a very promising debut."
--Dana Hansen, The Winnipeg Review
Wendi Stewart grew up on a farm in Northwestern Ontario and now makes her home in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. A graduate of the University of Manitoba and the Humber College creative writing program, she has been published in The Antigonish Review, The Leaf and the Owen Sound Sun Times. She currently has columns appearing in the Fort Frances Times and the Chronicle Herald. Meadowlark is her first novel.