"...an escape from the complexities of the modern civilization into the simplicity of a lost, more natural life."
-- Anne Burke, Prairie Journal
With characteristic warmth, generosity, and humour, Frank Ledwell seamlessly weaves personal memoir and communal folk wisdom into 60 prose sketches of Island characters, anecdotes, and traditions. The stories are based on real people or incidents; others are fictionalized, evoking the true, remembered landscape of Ledwellís childhood at St. Peter's Bay on the North Shore of Prince Edward Island, his experience as a student, teacher, and professor at St. Dunstan's University, and his later life as a professor, husband, and parent in rural Queen's County. The sketches also evoke the author's love of people and place and mark his point of view as that of an inveterate Islander.
"The stories plumb worlds now vanished, from kitchens to colleges, and are told with affection, compassion, and a wry Island wit: there are enough punchlines here to humble a heavyweight."
-- Dr. Edward MacDonald, Department of History,
University of Prince Edward Island
"Within the pantheon of living Island poets, writers, and cultural practitioners, Frank Ledwell occupies an exalted and singular place."
-- Allan Rankin, Prince Edward Island singer-songwriter
"Frank Ledwell likes a good laugh -- and knows how to elicit a chuckle by simply telling the truth."
-- Elizabeth Cran, Atlantic Books Today