|From The Publisher*||Carol Shields was fascinated by the life and writing of Susanna Moodie. Moodie was a Romantic writer from a celebrated literary family whose life changed forever when she and her husband left England for the backwoods of Canada in 1832. The Moodies, utterly unprepared for pioneer life, soon found themselves starving in the hostile wilderness of Upper Canada. Susanna began publishing her writing to feed and clothe her growing family. The result was the novel Roughing It in the Bush-an aggravated and acerbic testament to pioneer life that was praised in England but turned Moodie into a controversial figure in Canada. Two centuries later, Moodie is honored as an early feminist and literary pioneer. |
Shields' long fascination with Moodie led her to collaborate on a screenplay with Patrick Crowe, which has now found its way to the world as a graphic novel. A talented adaptation by Willow Dawson and emotionally complex illustrations by Selena Goulding bring the words of the controversial and fascinating Susanna Moodie to life through the insightful personality of Carol Shields. Includes a rousing introduction by Margaret Atwood, who shares in the fascination for the pioneering Susanna.
|From The Publisher*||Carol Shields was fascinated by Susanna Moodie, a Romantic writer who left England for Canada in 1832 where she and her family soon found themselves starving in a hostile wilderness. Moodie's novel Roughing It in the Bush, an acerbic testament to pioneer life, made her famous. Shields' interpretation of Moodie comes to life as a graphic novel.|