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From the killing fields of Europe, to the merciless beauty of the Canadian prairies, Let Us Be True tells the story of three women, whose lives have been shaped and damaged by secrets – their own and those that stretch back through time, casting their shadow from one generation to the next. At the heart of the novel is 74-year-old Pearl Calder, a woman who has thrown away her past and kept it a secret from her daughters. But as Pearl confronts her own mortality, she begins to understand what her dead husband, Henry, has always known. Secrets are like dark and angry ghosts. And they don’t just haunt you. They haunt everyone you love.
Let Us Be True is ’s first book. Over the past 25 years, she has written, directed and produced numerous award-winning documentary films, and has interviewed some of the world’s most interesting scientists and thinkers, including David Suzuki, Gloria Steinam and Jane Goodall. In 2011, she wrote and directed the multiple-award winning film The Changing Sea, and in 2013 she won a Canadian Screen Award for her film Smarty Plants. Erna lived in Montreal and in a seaside home just outside of Halifax before returning to the prairies and the city where she was born and raised. She now divides her time between Winnipeg and a small cottage on Long Pine Lake in the Whiteshell, which she shares with her husband and their little grey mutt.
"The first night she hardly noticed he was gone, and even though she had expected him back before the moon rose, she slept soundly.” Sophie Hippolyte’s husband Pierre has been gone for three days, and the suspense, as a lone horseman approaches their homesteader cabin in the southwest Saskatchewan of the 1880s, is palpable. So begins acclaimed writer Wild Rose. It charts Sophie's journey from underloved child in religion-bound rural Quebec, to headstrong young woman to exhausted homesteader to deserted bride and mother to independent businesswoman finding her way in a hostile, if beautiful, landscape.’s new novel,
Wild Rose is her first book since her 2008 bestseller The Girl in Saskatoon. Her work has been shortlisted for a Commonwealth Prize and the Governor General’s Award. An Officer of the Order of Canada, she has also been the recipient of the Marian Engel Award, the Saskatchewan Order of Merit, and the Cheryl and Henry Kloppenburg Award for Literary Excellence. Butala was born in an outpost hospital in Nipawin, Saskatchewan. She taught English in Saskatchewan, British Columbia and Nova Scotia, and eventually returned to Saskatoon before moving to Eastend with her husband Peter Butala in 1976. She has lived in Calgary since her husband's passing.is the award-winning author of numerous works of fiction, non-fiction, short stories, poetry, and plays.