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  • Keywords
    • Northern Labrador,
    • Indigenous culture,
    • Cree of Ontario,
    • Northern Atlantic Canada,
    • Northern Inuit of Nunatsiavut,
    • Southern Inuit-Métis of NunatuKavut,
    • Anishnaabe of Ontario

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The Ice Widow
A Story of Love and Redemption
by Anne M. Smith-Nochasak

During her first teaching year away from her Halifax home—in Endor, an Inuit community on the far northern coast of Labrador—Anna Caine falls deeply in love with the raw beauty of the land, the warmth and acceptance of its people, and with Joshua Kalluk, an Inuk carpenter engaged to another. But when the pull of their brief affair proves insufficient to win Joshua from his betrothed, Anna leaves Endor abruptly and returns home, carrying Joshua’s child and ending her own engagement. As the years pass, Anna and Joshua share parenting responsibilities for their son but little else. Joshua had moved on with his wife and their growing family, while Anna found herself adrift, longing for what she had lost and struggling to come to terms with her choices, fighting to maintain an independence that always left her unfulfilled. It isn’t until she retires, amidst a terrifying global pandemic, and is called upon to act as a medical escort for Joshua during his cancer treatments, and eventually to accompany him on his final journey home, that she is forced to confront both the past and her own lingering feelings of love, shame, and regret. The Ice Widow – A Story of Love and Redemption is a beautiful and heart-wrenching work of literary fiction that delves into themes of honour, compassion, and inter-cultural empathy. Life can be both beautiful and tragic but is a journey to be honoured both in spite of its struggles and because of them—a journey in which redemption is always possible.

About the Author’s First Novel "Every once in a while, you come across a novel whose characters and stories enfold you into the pages so effortlessly that you find it difficult to extract yourself even after you turn the final page. A Canoer of Shorelines is one of those books." —James M. Fisher, The Miramichi Reader ​"A Canoer of Shorelines manages to be at once a quiet reflection on the trials of life and an exciting story of self-discovery." —Reader's Favorite review ​"This is a story that will stay with me a long time, and I will inevitably re-visit the people living within the pages of this very worthwhile read." —A-M Mawhiney, author of Spindrifts

With degrees in theological studies and education (additional qualifications in special education), author Anne M. Smith-Nochasak spent over thirty years teaching in Indigenous communities, where she learned to challenge the limitations that are placed on students and delight in each child’s potential as those communities do. Although Anne has always enjoyed writing, now that she is retired, she considers it to be her favourite hobby next to reading. Still, as often as she can, she enjoys gardening, kayaking, hiking in the woods, and any work that brings her outdoors. She currently lives in a wooded area in western Nova Scotia with her golden dogs, Shay and Flo. In 2021, Anne M. Smith-Nochasak was recognized as one of The Miramichi Reader’s “Best Books of 2021” for her first book: A Canoer of Shorelines (FriesenPress 2021). For more information about the author, or to connect: Instagram @SmithNochasak


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