Raised in Alberta, Emma Hooper is a musician and writer. As a musician, her solo project, Waitress for the Bees, tours internationally and has earned her a Finnish Cultural Knighthood. Her debut novel, Etta and Otto and Russell and James, was an international bestseller and was published in 24 countries. She is a research-lecturer at Bath Spa University but comes home to Canada to cross-country ski as much as she can afford.
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Reviews of Our Homesick Songs:
- “This delicate elegy for a dying way of life crescendos into a love song binding family members across the waters” – In Kirkus Reviews
- “In 1992 I was fortunate enough to be appointed the first “come from away” writer-in-residence at Memorial University in Newfoundland, a place that both is, and is not, a part of Canada” – In the Times UK
- “Lovely and lyrical” – In the Toronto Star
- “Hooper hopes that readers will find in Homesick ‘a coming to terms with the fact that people and places and stories you love in your life are flawed, and you learn to love them through that, and beyond it’” – In Publishers Weekly
Our Homesick Songs
Newfoundland, 1992. When the cod industry collapses, it’s not long before the people begin to disappear from the town of Big Running. As residents are forced to leave the island in search of work, ten-year-old Finn Connor suddenly finds himself living in a ghost town. And then Finn’s parents announce that they too must separate if their family is to survive.
But Finn still has his sister, Cora, with whom he counts the dwindling boats on the coast at night, and Mrs. Callaghan, who teaches him music. But when his sister disappears, Finn must find a way of calling home the family and life he has lost.