The Bukowski Agency - A Pilgrim in Ireland

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Canada: Penguin, Spring 2002

ABOUT FRANCES GREENSLADE

Frances Greenslade (Photo: Stuart Bish)
(Photo: Stuart Bish)

B.C. resident Frances Greenslade holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from the University of British Columbia. Her critically-acclaimed first book, A Pilgrim in Ireland, was awarded the 2003 Saskatchewan Book Award for non-fiction. Her work has also appeared in Grain, NeWest Review, and Room of One’s Own.

A Pilgrim in Ireland
A Quest for Home

by Frances Greenslade

A GRACEFUL AND REVELATORY ACCOUNT OF FRANCES GREENSLADE'S QUEST TO DISCOVER A SPIRITUALITY TRULY HER OWN – A QUEST BOTH DEMANDED AND COMPLICATED BY HER OWN SPIRITUAL ENTANGLEMENTS

  • Winner of the 2003 Saskatchewan Book Award for Non-Fiction

A Pilgrim in Ireland coverLike many Canadians, Frances Greenslade has been influenced by a variety of spiritual traditions: remnants of her pagan Celtic ancestry, the Catholicism she was raised with and tried to unlearn, the appeal of her husband's aboriginal heritage and the impact of the Canadian landscape itself.

Motivated by a desire to chart her spiritual destiny, Greenslade travels to Ireland, the place her family left behind. As we follow Greenslade's quest for meaning in her homeland, we are drawn into a wonderfully readable, revelatory account of one woman's search for "home" in a migratory world. Moving with grace and humour between the personal and the historical, the spiritual and the practical, A Pilgrim in Ireland is a must-read for anyone who's ever wondered where they belong.

PRAISE FOR A PILGRIM IN IRELAND

“Greenslade's pilgrimage makes for riveting reading, in part because of the way she marries the personal and the universal.”  — THE VANCOUVER SUN

“Frances Greenslade takes many seemingly different people and histories and landscapes, and many seemingly disparate lines of inquiry, and weaves them into a whole of great beauty. Go along with her on this trip - she is a thoughtful travelling companion, generous and resilient, quietly knowledgeable, with a delightful sense of humour”  — JAMIE ZEPPA, author of Beyond the Sky and The Earth: A Journey into Bhutan

“Frances Greenslade has a real gift as a teller of stories, and she tells them in the clearest, most accessible prose, so that they flow one into the other. Once I started reading A Pilgrim in Ireland, I was so engrossed that I couldn't stop. Before I knew it, an entire afternoon had flown by.”  — SHARON BUTALA

“Weaving back and forth from the land she's standing on to the country that's home, Greenslade takes a look at the things that have made her the person she is, and the things that have made Canada what it is… Her openness draws us into her trip, making it as much ours as it is hers.”  — TORONTO STAR

“With terse, evocative writing, and a detached, critical eye, Greenslade finds the pressing human truth behind the cliché and brings it to life in all of its frustration, disappointment, and eventual joy, ... Rich with research and anecdote, the book functions as a primer to Irish lore, the peculiarities of Irish Catholocism, and to Irish history. It also serves as an inspiring example of personal spirituality... Greenslade's disappointments and frustrations in Ireland lend power to her return to Canada and her discovery of home here, in the arms of her husband and the light of a prairie storm. The book's closing pages read less like a homily, as one might expect and instead take on the air of a genuine epiphany.”  — QUILL & QUIRE

“[Frances Greenslade] is an accomplished storyteller who demonstrates a deft touch with ironic humour, a rare gift. She also managed to find the perfect voice for this particular piece of work…”  — THE STAR PHOENIX, SASKATOON

 

 

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