Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush by Carol ShieldsSusanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush by Carol Shields

Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush

byCarol Shields, Patrick CroweIllustratorSelena Goulding

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Carol Shields was fascinated by the life and writing of Susanna Moodie. Moodie was a Romantic writer from a celebrated literary family whose life changed forever when she and her husband left England for the backwoods of Canada in 1832. The Moodies, utterly unprepared for pioneer life, soon found themselves starving in the hostile wilderness of Upper Canada. Susanna began publishing her writing to feed and clothe her growing family. The result was the novel Roughing It in the Bush—an aggravated and acerbic testament to pioneer life that was praised in England but turned Moodie into a controversial figure in Canada. Two centuries later, Moodie is honored as an early feminist and literary pioneer.

Shields' long fascination with Moodie led her to collaborate on a screenplay with Patrick Crowe, which has now found its way to the world as a graphic novel. A talented adaptation by Willow Dawson and emotionally complex illustrations by Selena Goulding bring the words of the controversial and fascinating Susanna Moodie to life through the insightful personality of Carol Shields. Includes a rousing introduction by Margaret Atwood, who shares in the fascination for the pioneering Susanna.
Carol Shields was an American-born Canadian author. Her 1993 novel, The Stone Diaries, won the U.S. Pulitzer Prize for Fiction and the Governor General's Award in Canada, among others. Her next book, Larry's Party, won the Orange Prize and Le Prix de Lire. Her last novel, Unless, was published in 2002 before Carol's death in July 2003...
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Title:Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the BushFormat:PerfectDimensions:152 pages, 9.5 × 6.5 × 0.5 inPublished:April 12, 2016Publisher:Second Story PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1772600032

ISBN - 13:9781772600032

Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful story, wonderful view of Canada's past We bought a copy of this for our 8 year old daughter because she had come to be interested in pioneer times through work and activities in her classroom at school. She absolutely loved "Susanna Moodie" reading it in one sitting and re-reading it several times since. She engaged with the family drama and the female protagonist. We also sat and read some of it with her and enjoyed the way it immersed us in a such an evocative time and place. I would recommend this for precocious kids and adults alike.
Date published: 2016-05-25

Editorial Reviews

This graphic novel adaptation of her memoir is a perfect conduit for introducing Moodie’s book to readers in Grade 8 and above.... Budding writers will no doubt find inspiration in this tale of a pioneer woman and author. With the publication of this graphic novel, a new generation can be introduced to this classic tale of one woman’s determination and courage. - Professionally Speaking