You’ve met oddballs before; you’ll meet them again in Bruce Graham’s latest book. They are addicts, busy-bodies and ne’er-do-wells – part of the woof and warp of rural Nova Scotia. The quirky thing is that in spite of being hopelessly weir and exasperating, they are also wonderfully human and full of heart. They are you and me – a reflection of who we are as Atlantic Canadians. This is Graham’s gift.
The characters give us a chance to laugh at ourselves. In the process, we can let our hair down, step back, and make some mental shifts. And, the twisted title comes to carry more weight and meaning than seems apparent at first glance.
Set in Parrsboro, NS, this witty yarn is laced with delightful dialogue, charming (and maddening) characters, and moves along at a fast clip. It’s a layered story with redemption as the main theme that doesn’t wallow in righteousness or self-pity.
What a Friend We Have in Gloria
By Bruce Graham
$19.95, paperback, 176 pp.
Pottersfield Press, 2016