Set in the parklands of Manitoba and the lakes of Ontario, Sherrett’s debut novel covers thirty years in the lives of Gilbert, Christine and Wade Dubois, tracing the impact of divorce and Wade’s discovery of place and belonging within his family.
Set in the parklands of Manitoba and the lakes of Ontario, Up in Ontario is a novel about discovering a sense of place and belonging within family.
For most people, the Lake of the Woods up in Ontario is a summertime paradise weekend get-away-to-the-cottage. For Wade Dubois, the Lake of the Woods is the paradise where he visits his dad once or twice a year. As Wade gets older, he learns to live life in two worlds, his mother's in upscale Winnipeg, and his father's, out of a boat or a tent on Lake of the Woods. Now, Wade has become a man, and he must decide for himself what this place means to him, this place that has kept his mother and father apart, and kept him and his father together, this place caught between Canada's earliest days, and the progress of development, this place called Lake of the Woods, up in Ontario.
Sherrett's debut novel shimmers with nostalgia, shudders with sadness and soars with joy as he covers thirty years in the history of one family trying to carve their lives out of the Canadian shield.
Turnstone Press acknowledges the support of the Canada Council for the Arts, the Manitoba Arts Council, the Government of Canada, and the Province of Manitoba through Manitoba Sport, Culture and Heritage.