The Friends of Meager Fortune

The Friends of Meager Fortune

Book - 2006
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"Teenaged Will Jameson has a temperament of iron, standing up to men twice his age when he takes over the Jameson lumber company after his father’s death. His younger brother, Owen, is sensitive, literary, and fanciful. But when Will dies suddenly and Owen’s beloved Lula rejects him, Owen’s deeper character comes to light: joining the army in the hope of getting himself killed, instead Owen returns home a decorated war hero. Then he falls in love with the beautiful, childlike Camellia – the wife of Will’s old friend Reggie Glidden – and soon Owen and Camellia find themselves watched on all sides, caught in the teeth of an entire town’s gossip and hypocrisy. Inexorably, they are pulled into a chain of events that will end with death, disappearance, and a sensational trial."--Publisher.
Publisher: Toronto : Doubleday Canada, c2006
Branch Call Number: FICTION RIC
Characteristics: 366 p. ; 22 cm


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Jul 10, 2013

This book started out almost too slow for me, but I persevered and am glad I did. The two brothers, Will and Owen, have grown up in a lumber family in New Brunswick and although very different, carry on the family business. There are many levels to this story - the traditional vs technological harvest of trees, the pull of the world vs the draw of family expectations, the role of rumour in the perception of events, the tangle that love makes. I especially enjoyed the vivid descriptions of horse-logging in the frigid snowy winters and the river running of the logs in the spring. Amazing deeds in treacherous conditions.

May 13, 2013

The story of a lumber family set in the 1931s and 1940s, this excellent book chronicles the end of an era. It is Chekovian.

Apr 02, 2012

If you’ve read Richards’ very personal book "God Is", I think you will see that he's actually written a bit of himself into one of the characters in "Meager Fortune". Reading "God Is" may also help readers to understand some of the themes in this novel.

Oct 30, 2010

beautiful, evocative language and finely-drawn characters - humans and horses and trees. a tribute to a way of life once essential, but now indispensible in canada's history.

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