Who By Fire by Fred StensonWho By Fire by Fred Stenson

Who By Fire

byFred Stenson

Paperback | August 11, 2015

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"On the page Stenson is like Frank Sinatra in a stetson--smooth and pitch perfect. And if details give literature its staying power, Stenson is writing for the ages." --Caroline Adderson, The Globe and Mail 

     The heart of this moving story belongs to Tom Ryder--a man whose expectations for the future and assumptions about his own strength and power are persistently and devastatingly undermined by the arrival of a sour gas plant on the border of his southern Alberta farm in the early 1960s. The emissions from the plant poison not only his livestock but the relationships he has with his family, most especially with his wife, Ella. The family is left without viable legal recource against the plant, and Tom must watch his farm dwindle away, his sense of himself dwindling away with it.
    The novel moves into the present with the story of Tom's son, Bill, who reacts to his father's disappointments by rising through the managerial ranks of an oil company in Fort McMurray, hiding from his guilt in the local casino. Bill pushes himself towards a crisis in conscience through a relationship he has with a Native woman whose community is threatened by the actions of his company.
FRED STENSON is the author of eight novels, including The Great Karoo and The Trade, which was nominated for the 2000 Scotiabank Giller Prize and won the inaugural Grant MacEwan Writer's Award, the City of Edmonton Book Prize, and the Writers Guild of Alberta's Georges Bugnet Novel Award. He has also written scripts for over 140 produc...
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Title:Who By FireFormat:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8 × 5.2 × 1.03 inPublished:August 11, 2015Publisher:Doubleday CanadaLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0385668813

ISBN - 13:9780385668811

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Powerful novel This book deftly explores Alberta's oil-and-gas industry from all sides, but it never feels like the author is preaching because the theme is so embedded in the stories of real people that the reader is swept along. The strongest parts are about the Ryder family as they struggle to remain on the family farm.
Date published: 2017-11-26
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great novel Great environmental theme in this book. Could thus really happen?
Date published: 2017-06-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Oustanding Such a fantastic book to read, loved it!
Date published: 2017-05-18

Editorial Reviews

   • "Intriguing, fast-paced and a delight. . . . Who by Fire is the biography of Alberta. The story we all live today." --Calgary Herald    • "[Stenson] has done Canadian literature a service by producing the long-awaited oilsands novel. . . . He portrays a corporate world in which oil companies have become better at speaking in soothing tones and issuing mild mea culpas, all the while speeding up their efforts to pump every last drop. And though he holds out some hope for personal healing from psychological wounds, he's clear that neither the oil companies nor the Alberta government are likely to change course." --Winnipeg Free Press