City of Orphans

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City of Orphans

By Patricia Robertson

Porcupine's Quill, Paperback, 9780889841765, 160pp.

Publication Date: April 15, 1994


A young Pole in a Canadian internment camp during World War I becomes obsessed with a female visitor. A contemporary young woman's baby develops a mysterious illness while her own life is invaded by dreams of a homesick Norwegian princess from the 14th century. The father of a British child disappears on the Canadian frontier in the early 1950s.

Luminous, sensual, haunting, "City of Orphans" weaves fantasy and reality together into stories of dreamlike intensity and hypnotic visual power.

About the Author
Patricia Robertson was born in England, near Manchester, and emigrated to Kitamat, B.C. when she was still very young. "A City of Orphans" is her first collection, though several of these stories have previously appeared in "Quarry, Matrix, " and the "Second Macmillan Anthology".

"City of Orphans" was a finalist for the Ethel Wilson Fiction Prize -- awarded to the best novel or story collection written by a British Columbia writer. Past winners have included "Blue Husbands" by Don Dickinson (1992) and "Bad Imaginings" by Caroline Adderson (1994). "City of Orphans" has been praised for its sensual and haunting stories and for Patricia Robertson's accomplished and sophisticated writing.

Patricia Robertson currently teaches at Yukon College in Whitehorse, Yukon, where she lives with poet and journalist Erling Friis-Baastad.