Sunny Dreams: A Norwood Flats Mystery

September 20, 2007|
Sunny Dreams: A Norwood Flats Mystery by Alison Preston
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On a spring morning in 1925 Sunny Palmer disappears from her baby carriage in Picardy''s restaurant in downtown Winnipeg. It happens in seconds when big sister Violet and her mother are choosing their treats from the dessert display. As those first minutes turn to days, months, then years, the Palmer family collapses and gradually glues itself back together in a new form.

A decade later, the Dirty Thirties are in full swing: one hot summer day two drifters looking for work turn up in the Palmers'' back yard. They are among the legions of men crisscrossing the country looking for work. Violet''s father, Will Palmer, a local attorney with few construction skills, invites the men to pitch their tent and stay on to build a garage for his new Buick. But he''s on his guard. One of the men, Jackson Shirt, seems a little too well-educated and much too handsome to ring entirely true. He''s just Violet''s age, seventeen, but Will senses he has more than his share of secrets. A wayfaring friend of the drifters drops by occasionally to watch them work. If anything blameworthy occurs in the neighbourhood -- theft, noise, even illness -- these three outsiders come under close scrutiny. When polio strikes that August, suspicion turns to savagery. And Jackson Shirt''s secrets are revealed.

The story takes place in the Norwood Flats section of Winnipeg, the same setting as Preston''s previous novels. This time, though, the action is mostly in the Depression year of 1936 and we meet Fraser Foote, the father of Frank, who has played a part in previous books.

Alison Preston was born and raised in Winnipeg. After trying on a number of other Canadian cities, she returned to her hometown, where she currently resides. All of her books are set in the Norwood Flats area of Winnipeg, including The Rain Barrel Baby, The Geranium Girls, Cherry Bites, Sunny Dreams, The Girl in the Wall, and Blue Veng...
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Title:Sunny Dreams: A Norwood Flats Mystery
Format:Paperback
Product dimensions:208 pages, 8.02 X 5.31 X 0.54 in
Shipping dimensions:208 pages, 8.02 X 5.31 X 0.54 in
Published:September 20, 2007
Publisher:Signature Editions
Language:English
Appropriate for ages:All ages
ISBN - 13:9781897109205

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