Wind Tails

Wind Tails

A Novel

Book - 2007
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At a side-of-the-highway diner on a mountain pass, during one extraordinary, windy day in 1977, the paths of an odd assortment of travellers cross. The stories of each circle around points of departure: what sets one on one's journey. These seemingly unconnected-but oddly interconnected-stories involve strange twists, turns and the kinds of chance encounters that change the way we see the world. There is the old woman who, talk she has just weeks to live, tells everyone exactly what she thinks of them-and then doesn't die; the water witcher who comes to terms with his gift instead of drowning in it; the woman who never leaves her own town but travels vicariously through the tales of the hitchhikers she picks up; a trucker with a kind heart; and the proprietor, Cass, and the story that haunts her. Central to this remarkable day in Pink, travelling in whatever direction the wind takes him, and Jo, a young waitress whose own life twists-family betrayal, and the birth and adoption of a baby-have left her anchorless. For Jo, Cass's Roadside Caf? is a waystation, holding her until a series of interactions with strangers give her permission to find her own point of departure, and embark upon her own journey.
Publisher: Toronto : McArthur, 2007.
ISBN: 9781552786635
Characteristics: 302 p. ;,21 cm.


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Cdnbookworm May 18, 2011

This was a finalist for the OLA Evergreen Award.
The story is set at a cafe on a mountain pass highway in BC. As the various characters pass through the cafe, we learn their back stories and how they came to be where they are. As you can guess from the title, the book is inspired by the wind and each chapter has a wind theme to it, from Tailwind to Wayward Wind to Wind Shift, the action in the chapter matches its heading. All of the story takes place in the late '70s. Local characters range from the owner of the cafe, Cass, to the local police officer, Bob. Passing through are Jo, a young teen out of Calgary; Pink, a young man from the US travelling with the wind; and many others. I loved the characters and how the stories led into each other.

May 18, 2010

a young girl leaves home because of betrayal and ends up working in a cafe on the highway.
There she meets a series of characters that are all searching for something that they have lost or have had taken from them.
This is a book that is an easy read but is full of fascinating people that are all wounded but have been able to maintain a sense of humor and real caring for others.
I really enjoyed this interweaving of these chance encounters in a isolated roadside diner.

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