Three Songs for Courage

By Maxine Trottier
(Tundra Books (NY), Paperback, 9780887768316, 324pp.)

Publication Date: August 12, 2008

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In this powerful novel for mature readers, Maxine Trottier transports the reader to the summer of 1956, and the small town of Erie View, a haven for teenagers. Summer jobs are plentiful, and there's always action on the beach or the main drag. Life is cool. But Erie View is a town of shifting layers. They drift by turns, scarcely touching, then jarring painfully: fathers and grandfathers try to adjust to quiet lives after an eternity of action overseas, women struggle to remake marriages and return to their kitchens, and teenagers with far too much freedom live the secret lives of youth.
This is sixteen-year-old Gordon Westley's world. But it's about to change once tragedy strikes his family and forces Gordon to explore the darkest, as well as the sweetest, side of human emotions.
Part mystery, part love story, acclaimed author Maxine Trottier weaves a spellbinding portrait of small-town Ontario dealing with its loss of innocence and coming of age in a changed world.

"From the Hardcover edition.

About the Author
Maxine Trottier Maxine Trottier, award-winning author of numerous picture books, novels and non-fiction works, was born in Grosse Point Farms, Michigan, and moved to Canada with her family at the age of ten. Her inspiration as an author has often come from her ancestors -- French habitants and the Miami people. Maxine lives with her husband, William, in Port Stanley, Ontario.
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