Strangers in the House: A Prairie Story of Bigotry and Belonging

Category: Book
By (author): Savage, Candace
Subject:  BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Cultural Heritage
  HISTORY / Canada / Post-Confederation (1867-)
  NON-FICTION / Canadian
  SOCIAL SCIENCE / Discrimination & Race Relations
Publisher: Greystone Books Ltd.
Published: September 2019
Format: Book-hardcover
Pages: 280
Size: 8.50in x 5.50in
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From The Publisher*

A renowned author investigates the dark and shocking history of her prairie house.

When researching the first occupant of her Saskatoon home, Candace Savage discovers a family more fascinating and heartbreaking than she expected.

Napoléon Sureau dit Blondin built the house in the 1920s, an era when French-speakers like him were deemed "undesirable" by the political and social elite, who sought to populate the Canadian prairies with WASPs only. In an atmosphere poisoned first by the Orange Order and then by the Ku Klux Klan, Napoléon and his young family adopted anglicized names and did their best to disguise their "foreignness."

In Strangers in the House, Savage scours public records and historical accounts and interviews several of Napoléon's descendants, including his youngest son, to reveal a family story marked by challenge and resilience. In the process, she examines a troubling episode in Canadian history, one with surprising relevance today.

Review Quote*

"Beautifully written and impeccably researched, Strangers in the House is a remarkable achievement."
-Roy MacGregor, author of Canadians: A Portrait of a Country and Its People

"Strangers in the House puts the past in conversation with the present to show how certain events and decisions can have a ripple effect that lasts for generations."
-Guillaume Morissette, author of The Original Face