Mostly Happy

Author: Pam Bustin
ISBN: 9781927068687 Categories: Fiction, Coming of Age, Gay, LGBTQ+, Literary
Publication Date: 4 April, 2013
Dimensions: 6 x 8.62"

Bean E. Fallwell’s story in Mostly Happy begins with an inventory of items, shiny bits of beauty that she has collected and tucked into a red Samsonite Saturn suitcase. This suitcase, a dominant metaphor in the novel, becomes Bean’s touchstone that keeps her from spiralling into the dark worlds of her beautiful, screwed up mother and all the stray men she brings home; her sad, exhausted father; and her magnetic stepfather as he transforms from family saviour into drunken dragon. Without remorse or bitterness Bean moves forward, seeking her friendships where she can, casting spells to protect her younger sister, and seeking solace from whatever small sanctuaries her transient life offers. Winner of the 2008 Saskatchewan Book Awards for Fiction and First Book, and the 2010 OLA Forest of Reading White Pine Award.

About the Author

Pam Bustin’s play ‘Saddles in the Rain’ won the John V. Hicks award in 2002 and was published by Playwrights Canada Press in the anthology’The West of all Possible Worlds in 2004. Her other stage plays include Barefoot and The Passage of Georgia O’Keeffe. Three of her radio dramas have aired on CBC and her short fiction has appeared in The New Quarterly, Spring andTransitions. Pam Bustin was raised in a host of small towns across the prairies and lives in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Mostly Happy is her first novel.

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