The Sow's Ear Café
In her late 30s, Lucie Tanguay is a self-reliant, lippy livewire when her high-pressure, upscale Vancouver life suddenly and shockingly unravels. With help from one of her few trusted friends, Lucie gets out of town and starts looking… for what? She doesn’t know. Car trouble maroons her in the small town of Sweetgrass, Alberta, where she takes a temporary job in a local café. She begins soaking in the natural beauty and drama of her surroundings, and comes to form close bonds with people in town. Sweetgrass becomes as much a state of mind for Lucie as a place she just might want to call home. She falls in love in a brand-new way, her world-view utterly altered.
Then a series of frightening events causes another seismic shift in Lucie’s life, thrusting her into danger and suspicion – a terrifying situation in which she must learn to balance her long-held toughness with her newfound faith in love. A lyrical, contemporary romantic drama, The Sow’s Ear Café tracks one woman’s path to healing through spectacular landscape, friends, and love.
Holly Quan lives with her long-time partner in the foothills southwest of Calgary, Alberta – a richly coloured, truly transformative landscape that inspired much of The Sow’s Ear Café. She’s been a professional writer since the 1980s, producing everything from magazine articles to documentary screenplays and publishing several non-fiction titles. This is her first novel.
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