Saskatchewan Publishers Group Review - Rock Creek Blues

Saskatchewan Publishers Group
Reviewed by: Saskatchewan Publisher's Group

While reading Rock Creek Blues a narrative began to unfold, during which I couldn't count the number of times I felt my eyebrows raise. I was impressed by the sheer subtle courage of Poirier.

This book is an exploration of death, providing the spectrum of the food chain and thickly sauced with the tart flavor of human acceptance and/or conflict about it - a study of harmony and discord spanning Rock Creek, Saskatchewan and New Orleans, Louisiana. Poirier's writing is versatile and organic, in a way that is neither arrogant nor assuming - A poet and storyteller in a truly dramatic way. There was suspense that I didn't even know was building at first. To expand on that, it is like the story developed a wider and wider range as it went along like someone I didn't even know was a minstrel walked up to me: 'Want to hear a joke?' And here I am forty-five minutes later, I'm still listening, rapt, to the dynamic voice changes, and can't wait for the end, in the very best way, because I feel a desire to know what happens.

Rock Creek Blues is unchronological: beginning somewhere and then seeming to go back and forth in time, telling the story of a character who intently observes the landscape, water, the barriers that we (humans) erect, and, above all, the blues. This story is spiced with two of my favorite things: a preoccupation with death, and the deft betrayal of intimate details about the persona. Thelma Poirier, I am proud to share Saskatchewan with you, and look forward to reading more.

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