Last Dance in Shediac

Memories of Mum, Molly Lamb Bobak

By (author): Anny Scoones
ISBN 9781771511384
Softcover | Publication Date: November 10, 2015
Book Dimensions: 6 in x 9 in
192 Pages

About the Book

A vividly wrought memoir, Last Dance in Shediac is a collection of the author’s personal memories of her mother—celebrated Canadian artist Molly Lamb Bobak—and a tender meditation on life and death.

“I had always assumed that neither of my parents would end up in an old folks’ home. And yet here was Mum, ensconced in a world of pad-covered recliner chairs, legion singalongs, ball-tossing exercises done sitting down, plastic cups of juice, Jell-O, and fluorescent lights. “Mum, this really isn’t a home; it’s more like a hotel for old people,” I’d tell her, and that temporarily softened the blow for both of us.” —An excerpt from the book

Molly Lamb Bobak (1922–2014) was the first woman to travel overseas as an official Canadian war artist. She was also the daughter of famous Canadian artist Harold Mortimer-Lamb, whose contemporaries included Emily Carr, A.Y. Jackson, and Jack Shadbolt. In this homage to her artist mother, Anny Scoones rounds out her mother’s public profile by revealing personal stories.

Anny’s memories reveal the funny and touching details of her relationship with Molly, from the road trips they took together to the visits Molly would make to Victoria to visit Anny on Glamorgan Farm, and the lovely chaos that ensued when Anny’s five dogs would greet Molly in the car. Anny shares their little inside jokes and the memories they made together in a way that brings their connection—beyond mother–daughter bond to close friendship—to life for the reader.

As her mother ages and becomes increasingly frail, Anny spends more and more time in Fredericton. Their road trips grow shorter, and Anny’s reflections on how it feels to finally watch her mother go are tender, heartbreaking, and memorable.

About the Author(s)

Anny Scoones is the author of Home and Away, True Home, Hometown, Last Dance in Shediac, and Island Home. She lives in the historic neighbourhood of James Bay in Victoria, British Columbia.


“A meandering memoir, told in [Scoones’] unique and quirky voice. It is a bouquet of a book.” —Times Colonist

“This book is the perfect read for a retreat … truly delightful … I know Shediac is in New Brunswick, but the heart of the book lives here.” —Tofino-Ucluelet Westerly News

“Molly Lamb Bobak was a remarkable artist with a talent for finding beauty in both the simplicity and the chaos of life. Last Dance in Shediac gives us a glimpse of how she did the same as a mother and friend.” —Eleanor Wachtel, host of CBC Radio’s Writers & Company