Beginning with a quote from poet e.e. cummings -- " i fear no fate(for you are my fate, my sweet)" -- Lorraine Kiidumae's debut novel River of Forgiveness is a coming-of-age story set at the close of the Second World War. Eighteen-year-old Sydney Archumbault's chance encounter with an older British stranger awakens her longings to the exuberant power of her one true love, forever altering the course of her life. Intrigued by this educated, artistic man, whom she later discovers is an escapee from an internment camp, Sydney impulsively embarks into a complex and tumultuous relationship, finding herself embroiled in a love that can never be.


River of Forgiveness (PTP Book Division, 2021) $14.77 9798518474543

[BCBW 2021]