DeGrace gets glowing review in Globe and Mail

Finishing Flying with Amelia wasn’t a priority for Anne DeGrace, but with a push from her publisher she wrapped up the book.

Finishing Flying with Amelia wasn’t a priority for Nelson writer Anne DeGrace, but with a push from her publisher she wrapped up the book and is now receiving rave reviews.

“I hadn’t actually planned to complete this book. It was a back burner kind of book. I was chipping away at it over time, but it wasn’t part of my overall agenda,” said DeGrace.

Flying with Amelia tells the story of a family as they travel across Canada through some of the significant historical events of the country’s history.

Candace Fertile, who teaches English at Camosun College in Victoria, wrote in her Globe and Mail review that “It’s not often that a book makes me late for drinks with a friend… And then I had to mop the tears off my face.”

“It always makes me happy if I write something that makes someone laugh or someone cry or someone feel that kind of connectedness to the narrative and the characters,” said DeGrace in response to the review.”

“When you’re writing fiction, that’s what you want to do, you want to move somebody, at least that’s what I want to do. She teaches writing at Camosun College so obviously she knows her literature, she reads a lot. So for her to respond like that it means that what I do is working.”

Like most writers, reviews from book critics are always a bit daunting but DeGrace said she has be “delighted” by the response to Flying with Amelia.

“It’s not that it’s a greater validation than when someone stops you on the street and says ‘I really loved your book,’ that’s validation itself, but there’s just something about a national newspaper that’s thrilling,” she said.

Fertile reviewed DeGrace’s first novel Treading Water, and even though the review was critical, DeGrace said it was very fair and good.

“It was a positive review. People tend to be very gentle first books of writers. It was a critical review so there were a few things in it but overall it was a good review, but this one was over the top great,” she said.


Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Vehicle incident causes Hwy 6 closure and power outages in Slocan Valley

A Thursday afternoon incident has closed the main highway in the Slocan Valley

Emergency dental clinic to open in Nelson during COVID-19 shutdowns

Only people with serious pain, infection, or trauma will be admitted

Nelson and COVID-19: everything you need to know

Check this page for every local story related to the outbreak

Blewett Elementary expansion denied provincial funding

The pre-approved $5-million plan would have added 112 seats to the packed school

Nelson product commits to Cranbrook Bucks

Noah Quinn will make the jump to Jr. A next year with the BCHL’s newest franchise

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

The virus has now infected more than 10,000 Canadians and cost 130 their lives

B.C. health care workers gain access to virtual health care options

During COVID-19 many clinics have closed, leaving health care workers with nowhere to turn

Tax collectors, auditors to help field ‘historic’ numbers of benefit-seeking callers

‘If you work for CRA, people think we are just there to take money from your pockets.’

Cowichan couple won’t self-isolate after returning from overseas

New law requires 14 days of self-isolation when returning to Canada

Family uses social media to help truckers find places to eat during pandemic

Restaurants Serving Drivers in Western Canada seeks to provide a list of places open for drivers

Advocates sound alarm over COVID-19 limiting access to contraceptives, abortion

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit sexual-health services from almost every angle

Celebrate Easter in a ‘safe way,’ Dr. Henry urges as B.C records 6 new COVID-19 deaths

Top doctor urges British Columbians to halt non-essential travel within the province

B.C. health officer says homemade masks may prevent spread of COVID-19 to others

Practising physical distancing, frequent hand washing and resisting touching your face are proven methods

Most Read