Shelagh Rogers Recommends


Shelagh Rogers is a tireless champion of Canadian literature. In addition to hosting CBC Radio's The Next Chapter, the recent recipient of the Order of Canada hosts many literary events and works with Frontier College, while still finding the time to advocate for aboriginal issues and mental health issues. She's a busy woman, but we asked her to spare a minute to share her biggest "must read" book for the summer. Shelagh chose What Disturbs Our Blood by James FitzGerald and here's what she had to say:

"Summer's wonderful, but I really miss winter. It's true. I really do. However, I would like to recommend a book to read during the summer, and some of it takes place in winter. I'm talking about the book What Disturbs Our Blood by James FitzGerald. James FitzGerald will be the first to admit he grew up in very WASP-y, old Toronto. It wasn't the perfect childhood by any stretch of the imagination. A lot went on in the living rooms where the velvet curtains were drawn across the windows, let me tell you. It's a very probing book. He looks at a number of generations of his family — and I'll put it this way — just to make sure the same thing doesn't happen to him, the same kind of emotional damage that his grandfather and his father sustained. I think it was one of the best reads of the last season. I will push it like a drug pusher. I hope you'll be able to crack the covers of What Disturbs Our Blood by James FitzGerald."

shelaghrogers-586x309.jpg When not catching up on your summer reading, be sure to catch The Next Chapter repeats all summer long on CBC Radio One on Mondays at 1 p.m. and Saturdays at 4 p.m.

What Disturbs Our BloodWhat Disturbs Our Blood: A Son's Quest to Redeem the Past
by James FitzGerald

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"A sensitive, withdrawn boy is born into the gothic house of his long dead grandfather, a brilliant yet tormented pathologist of Irish blood and epic accomplishment whose memory has been mysteriously erased from public consciousness. As the boy watches his own father — also an eminent doctor — plunge into a suicidal psychosis, he intuits, as the psychiatrists do not, some unspeakable secret buried like a tumour deep in the multi-generational layers of the family unconscious. Growing into manhood, he knows in his bones that he must stalk an ancient curse before it stalks him. To set himself free, he must break the silence and put words to the page. His future lies in the past."

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