By Sara Lee Burke
Girls born first are unlucky. If they are born into poverty and addiction, they are unluckier still.
Easter Water is the story of a firstborn girl, forced to grow up too soon and sacrifice too much.
spends her days in a logging camp kitchen taking care of her younger
siblings. Her parents, exhausted by long days filled with hard work and
consumed by their own problems, have little left for their children. But
there are angels among us, and Hilma finds them.
Helen provide a refuge, until jealousy and anger put an end to it.
Clairvoyant Sister Nicole allows Hilma to claim as her own, some
surprisingly prophetic visions. And Cook is her champion, insisting she
get the only thing she has ever dared to want.
of the Great Depression and fear of impending war compound the family’s
struggles, as they try to survive in the lumber camps of Quebec and
small town Northern Ontario.
Torn between protecting those she
loves and saving herself, Hilma makes a heartbreaking decision, and
comes to understand we make our own luck.
Easter Water is rich
in the history of the period and the nostalgia of life far removed from
the way we live today. It is a funny and touching look back, with
lessons about courage and faith to guide our looking forward.