LunaPaperback - 1999
Now in the attractive and popular new PerennialCanada format, Lunais bestselling author Sharon Butala's second brilliant novel in her looselylinked trilogy that begins with The Gates of the Sun, and ends with TheFourth Archangel. Selling out its first printing within months when it wasfirst re-issued in 1994, this is a classic Sharon Butala novel.
Luna is the story of three prairie women at the crossroads of theirlives. Rhea, still strong and proud at 80, contemplates her death, and herpioneer life, the years of loneliness she endured, tears seeping from her bodywhile she kneaded her loaves of bread. Selena, Rhea's niece, struggling tocome to terms with her teenaged daughter's pregnancy, wonders if her way oflife is changing forever. And Diane, Selena's sister, until now a womancloaked in the busy fabric of farming life suppers, chores and gardening, leavesfor the city on a search for freedom, for identity and for self. Each of them isinexorably a part of the vast prairie landscape, its seemingly spare geographyin reality as rich and varied as the inner lives of its inhabitants.
Luna resonates with our constant, passionate and often mysticalstruggle to love the land, conquer it, abandon it, and most of all, rediscoverourselves within it.