Bruce Allen Powe

Fiction



REBIRTH OF A CLASSIC: It is very rare for a novel to be reissued, especially after more than a decade in out-of-print limbo. Such is the power of The Aberhart Summer to live in memory and once again on the page.

First published in 1983, it appeared to wide acclaim, then faded. A successful stage adaptation in 1998/99 prompted a new edition.

NeWest Press CAN/00/Reissue

THE ABERHART SUMMER

"You should have been there that day in 1935, when the future was born in cool, drizzly twilight at a racetrack. Only then would you understand what this is all about."

And so Doug Sayers recounts the suspicious death of his best friend Babe--Babe, age 15, found hanging by his neck.

Set in Edmonton, Alberta at the depth of the Depression and at the threshold of WWII, Bruce Allen Powe recreates the political turmoil of an era hospitable to demagogues even on the remote Canadian prairie.

At a giant rally at the racetrack evangelical preacher, William "Bible Bill" Aberhart, began his crazy rise to political leadership by promising $25 a month to every family in the province.

Babe and Doug join the throng but Babe disappears, leaving to meet his sweetheart Diane. The personal obstacles besetting two teenagers in love become hostages to the emotional fury and social hysteria of the times.

But it is Doug Sayers, years later, home from the War, weary, wounded, surprised, and intent on preserving the truth of Babe's murder, who brings us into the future.