A Day of Signs and Wonders

Kit Pearson's novel was inspired by the childhood of acclaimed Canadian artist Emily Carr.

Kit Pearson

Emily dreams of birds. She feels constrained by nearly everything - her overbearing sisters, the expectation to be a proper young lady and even her stiff white pinafore.

Kitty feels undone. Her heart is still grieving a tragic loss, and she doesn't want to be sent away to a boarding school so far away from home.

When the two girls meet by chance, on a beach on the outskirts of Victoria, B.C., in 1881, neither knows that their one day together will change their lives forever. Inspired by the childhood of acclaimed Canadian artist Emily Carr, A Day of Signs and Wonders is a sensitive and insightful look at friendship, family and the foundations of an artist, drawn over the course of a single day. (From HarperCollins)

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A spider's web stretched from the gatepost to a lavender bush. The droplets on its fragile strands made a perfect pattern of shimmering beads. The day was brand new, like a piece of clean paper waiting for someone to draw on. Despite the bright sun the air was chilly, but Emily didn't care. She had escaped!

From A Day of Signs and Wonders by Kit Pearson ©2016. Published by HarperCollins.

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Willow Yamauchi has another in her local food series, a PhD student at UVic is studying math and lace, a biologist in Nelson wants to inspire love for bats and author Kit Pearson, winner of the Award for Literary Excellence for 2014.

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