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ON P.S. DON'T TELL YOUR MOTHER by K. Schmitt -- Looking for an entertaining read with lots of humour thrown in? Read Margo Bates' P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother! For history buffs Bates offers a fascinating view of life in Northwestern British Columbia in the 1950s and 60s, with a dash of ingenuity and imagination tossed in. P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother offers readers a series of letters between Maggie, an independent-minded adolescent girl and her saucy, shoot-from-the-hip grandmother Nana Noonan (well, she only shot an actual gun once in the story). Nana, who calls a spade a spade and more, manages to propel herself into perpetual confrontation with her small-town Telkwa neighbours. Not the least of these is “that damn Jehovah,” the only person in town who demonstrates the capacity to stand up to her. Anyone who has ever lived in a small town, or anyone who has imagined they might want to, will get the real picture in this story of the petty quarrels, competitions, and surprising human tenderness that reveal the way life flows with lots of ripples in places like Telkwa, B. C. Bates tells the story with laugh-outloud wit and humor. P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother is fun and easy to read, with short chapters suitable for reading on the go, but a straight read-through would be just as good, as long as the reader doesn't get too hoarse with all the laughing at once.

 

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P.S. Don't Tell Your Mother a story of love, tolerance and lessons learned between a 13-year-old girl and her Irish-Canadian Nana

Margo Bates' debut novel brings to life the rough-and-tumble world of Canada's frontier northwest in the late 50s and early 60s. read more...

Review on PS Don't Tell Your Mother by Kathleen Schmitt

Anyone ... gets the real picture [of life in a small town] in this story of the petty quarrels, competitions, and surprising human tenderness that reveal the way life flows with lots of ripples in Telkwa BC. ... Fun and easy to read ... read more...

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