Which will you choose?

I just read 2 excellent books by Kingston area authors…

Helen Humphreys became intrigued about the life of the famously private salmon-fly dresser named Megan Boyd.  She was a craftswoman who worked for sixty years out of a bare-bones cottage in a small village in the north of Scotland.  Machine Without Horses has a personal touch as the author explains how she imagines a character’s life without knowing many facts.  I was soon looking up images of fishing flies!

Refuge by Merilyn Simonds is about 96-year-old Cass MacCallum who is living on her own when a young Burmese woman contacts her, claiming to be kin. Curiosity and loneliness prompt her to accept a visit. This meeting provokes memories which span almost a century and take the reader to New York City, Mexico, Montreal and rural Ontario.  

Machine Without Horse is a small book, spare in words, complex in how much it conveys about the writer and main character. Refuge brims with generous detail, immersing the reader in a fascinating life story which is revealed layer by layer. Maybe there is no choice.. you need to read both!