Grace River

By (author): Rebecca Hendry
ISBN 9781897142370
Softcover | Publication Date: April 15, 2009
Book Dimensions: 5.5 in x 8.5 in
224 Pages

About the Book

Grace River is a smelter town in the interior of B.C. where most people who live there are born and bred, and everyone is either employed by AXIS or knows someone who is. Not much ever changes in Grace River. The days begin at Nick’s Diner and end at the Steelworkers bar. When a young environmentalist arrives in town to investigate toxin levels in the river, the locals are forced to start looking honestly at their lives, their pasts and their uncertain futures.

A powerful and courageous story told from the perspective of four friends, Grace River explores the reasons why people continue to stay in harmful situations and asks us to think about the damage we all do, not only to the environment, but also to the ones we love the most.

About the Author(s)

Born in Ottawa to a hippie mother and a poet father, Rebecca Hendry moved to a new city or town across Canada every year until she was eleven, when she settled on the Sunshine Coast in BC. She is the author of One Good Thing and, Grace River, and her short fiction has appeared in the Dalhousie Review, Wascana Review, Event, Windsor Review, and other literary journals. She lives in Gibsons, BC, with her two children.


Grace River is a company-town drama that will resonate all over the world.” —Vancouver Sun

“Rebecca has a gift for dead-on portraits, for apt conveyances in prose of the small-town feeling.” —Sunstream

“Hendry paints a vivid portrait of resentment and functional dysfunction.” —Vancouver Sun

“Hendry is a skillful writer; the voices are subtly different from each other, serving to keep the narrative interesting and lively.” —Harbour Spiel

“[This] will be the hot new book in B.C. this year.” —Coast Reporter