Synopses & Reviews
Donna Jean ("Deejay") Banwin and Betty Fiddick - ordinary working women and the heroines of this novel by bestselling writer Anne Cameron - are living proof that the common woman is about as common as a thunderstorm.
When the story opens, DeeJay and Betty don't know each other. They're about the same age, and they're both growing up low-rent in small BC cities, in families that give 'dysfunctional' a whole new meaning. DeeJay's mother has a weakness for junk and violent men, and Betty gets left alone at home when she isn't being raped by her stepfather.
But the survival instinct is a strong one, and if both women grow up angry, they also grow up tough, smart, compassionate and honest. So when their paths cross in the middle of a sexual assault case, DeeJay and Betty are ready to put their heads and hearts together to end the cycle of abuse and pain.
The nightmares won't stop on that very day. But by the end of this shocking, funny, un-put-downable novel, you just know that even if the gains are small and incremental at first, nothing will ever be the same.
"Anne Cameron's fictional voice is as unique as Canada. She can cuss like a logger or set down words as tender as lullabies."
-Patricia Morley, Ottawa Citizen
"In a Cameron novel, the men drink, beat the people around them, and/or sneak into their daughters' bedrooms. Their wives drink, co-depend and/or enable. Yet Cameron can build a believable enabler before you know where she's headed, or give a convincing Caliban moment to a brute."
-The Globe and Mail
"Cameron knows how women talk to each other."
"Cameron's women aren't whiners. Their problems are believable, their triumphs small but fulfilling. They feel real enough, likable enough, to want to call one up to go out for coffee."
Praise for The Whole Fam Damily:
". . . an absolutely riveting cacophony of voices that will stay in your head long after you've put the book down."
-The Daily News, Halifax
"Theirs is a world where children learn that beer and violence are as much a part of life as TV and Kraft Dinner . . ."
-The Leader Post, Regina
"Beatings, sexual abuse, arson. . . all of the sickness that spins out of a family as it swirls in its own destruction from generation to generation.. . . The Whole Fam Damily rings powerfully and disturbingly true."
-The Ottawa Citizen
Praise for Women, Kids & Huckleberry Wine:
". . . quirky, witty, entertaining and somehow strangely uplifting."
". . . easy-going, direct, funny, cynical and full of incisive curses and wisdom."
-Diversions Praise for Anne Cameron
"Cameron has produced another kantputdowner in this rollicking, profane and sexual novel. The story weaves its way among the dysfunctional. It romps its way through the small town red neck culture. It is indeed a fun read."
-Ron MacIsaac Lower Island News
"No doily or decorative language, no fancy postmodern structured techniques, just a straight-from-the-heart story."
About the Author
Anne Cameron was born in Nanaimo, BC. She began writing at an early age, starting with theatre scripts and screenplays. In 1979, her film Dreamspeaker, directed by Claude Jutra, won seven Canadian Film Awards, including best script. After being published as a novel, Dreamspeaker went on to win the Gibson Award for Literature. She has published more than 30 books, including the underground classic Daughters of Copper Woman, its sequel, Dzelarhons, novels, stories, poems and legends - for adults and children. Her most recent novels are Family Resemblances, Hardscratch Row, and a new, revised edition of Daughters of Copper Woman. She lives in Tahsis, BC