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Guernica’s Book of the Month

Dear friends of Guernica,

We have recently decided to embark upon a new project: Guernica’s Book of the Month. The cold winter months are here, and the days of reading and dreaming in our comfy arm chairs have tagged along, as have evenings spent socializing with book characters instead of real friends (who we can see without leaving the comfort of central heating and fluffy pyjamas!).

Each month we will feature a book which we think is relevant that month, and tell you why it should be on your reading list. We have chosen books from our front list, our backlist, and our upcoming titles, and we can assure you that we have great taste! What’s more, our purpose for this project is a great one: to assure that the friends you are spending time with this winter (and beyond) are well worth your time.


January

Sometimes it Snows in AmericaWith the New Year, which to many marks a time of hope and new beginnings, we invite you to step into the life of Fatma, whose new beginning in America proves far from hopeful. Caught in situations which progress from despondent to tragic, an arranged marriage at the age of 12 seems only marginally responsible for the sorrow in Fatma’s life. But her story is far from pitiful; rather, it is forceful. It resonates. Fatma proves not a victim, but an active player in her fate, as she makes wrong choices, learns to cope with them, and, eventually, carves out her own path to redemption.

Marisa Labozzetta’s Sometimes it Snows in America is a beautiful depiction of personal struggles, and of taking control of one’s own fate. Moreover, the novel stands for more than the single witnessing of Fatma’s difficult adjustment into a new life. It maps out a more general rendition —one that joins all of us internationally — of the difficulties of coping with displacement and culture, and of coming to terms with ourselves in new environments.

This January marks the 53rd anniversary of the elimination of racial discrimination through the introduction of a new immigration act in Canada. The new act stated that “any unsponsored immigrant that had the required education skill or other quality was able to enter Canada if suitable, irrespective of colour, race, or national origin.”

Along with new beginnings, relentless hope, and the belief that it is never too late to take responsibility for one’s own fate, this January, let’s celebrate diversity.

Sometimes It Snows in America is available for purchase on the Guernica Editions website: http://www.guernicaeditions.com/title/9781550716092

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