The Cure for Death by Lightning by Gail Anderson-Dargatz

About the book

Set in an isolated farming community in Shuswap Country,British Columbia at the end of the Second World War it is a coming of age story containing elements of magic realism.Fifteen year old Beth Weeks has to contend with her family’s struggle against poverty but also her increasingly paranoid and aggressive father whose behaviour leaves the family as outcasts in the community.

Reviewed by Stubbington Book Ends Reading Group:

Not a book we’d recommend. Some good narratives and description but too many ‘controversial’ issues, unnecessarily packed in.

Star rating: **

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  1. Reviewed by Biscuits, Books and Banter reading group:
    Majority loved this bizarre and sometimes surreal book. Family life in 1940s Canada backwoods – seems like 1840s a lot of the time. Very readable, with many different themes – makes a good discussion. Some unpleasant storylines but all seem in keeping with place and time. Great recipes too!
    Star rating: ***

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