Sunday, September 20, 2009
Christopher Willard makes his home in Calgary where he works as a writer and visual artist. His art appears in collections worldwide including the Metropolitan Museum of Art. His recent novel Sundre explores the limits of love; an unsettling secret joins husband and wife as they sift through layers of recollection in a quest to find comfort, philosophical acceptance, and ultimately forgiveness. Set on a family farm in Alberta during the late 1960s, at a time of transition when farming was shifting away from tradition, Sundre is a haunting meditation on the limits of love and mercy, on the natural and the unnatural. Told in a tone that is as dignified as it is unsettling, this novel builds to a foreboding and fundamental revelation, in a mood reminiscent of Sam Shepard’s best drama. Sundre is an homage to a way of life bygone and to lasting hard-earned truths.