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Podcast: Dorothy Ellen Palmer on the summer of '69 in Fenelon Falls


When Fenelon Falls

When I asked Dorothy Ellen Palmer what her book, When Fenelon Falls, was about, she had an interesting answer. "A hurricane, a bastard and a bear."

But I would add music to the mix.

Fourteen-year-old Jordan May March is different. She is adopted, disabled and spends her days trying to figure out where she belongs and how to fit in. She collects CHUM Radio charts the way some kids collect baseball cards, often speaks in song lyrics and uses music as a way to connect with and explain the world around her.

We talked to Dorothy about the research she put into generating the playlist for When Fenelon Falls, why she chose the songs she did and why music was, and remains, so important.

 

 

We have two copies of When Fenelon Falls to give away, courtesy of Coach House Books. To enter, listen to the interview above to learn the answer to the following question:

 

There are hundreds of songs mentioned in When Fenelon Falls. Dorothy talks about several of them in this interview. Name two of them.

 

Send your answer to bookclub@cbc.ca by midnight ET on March 24. The winners will be drawn from all the correct entries. The complete rules and regulations are here. Good luck!


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