Day of the Dog-tooth Violets cover

Young Adult/Adult Fiction

Spanning two continents, one war and several generations, Day of the Dog-tooth Violets follows the stories of three unforgettable characters as their lives become forever linked and grounded in Muskoka. First there is Nan, a grown woman and mother of two young boys who suddenly discovers her family secret: that her deceased mother was half Chippewa. Then there is Gunner, a First Nations classmate from Nan’s small rural community and the only reference point Nan has to her new identity. Finally, there is Hamar, Gunner’s father, a displaced Norwegian who escaped his homeland during the German occupation and found himself at the end of the war, still tied to the Norwegian airforce training camp in Muskoka.

Weaving together different decades and narrative points of view, Day of the Dog-tooth Violets is about the universal search for identity and belonging. Suitable for both adults and young adults, this story examines the meaning of blood and ancestry and the inevitable conclusion that what really matters is not about race or religion, but about finding a place and purpose in the world.

Praise for Day of the Dog-tooth Violets

  • This is one of the most delightful rites-of-passage novels I have ever read.
    New Hope International Review (UK)
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Awards and Recognitions

  • New Muse Award winner for first-time fiction
  • Selected as part of the Literary Press Group’s Almost Famous campaign.
  • Long-listed for the 2001 Re-Lit Novel Award
  • Included in 2002 Atlantic Publishers Marketing Association promotion: Books for the Summer from Atlantic Canada.