I bought the book at a library sidewalk sale and for $1 I figured it would either be a nice accessory on my bookshelf or I’d be lucky and actually enjoy it. In a healthy almond nutshell, the unique story begins in 1912 when fishermen find a baby floating on a slab of ice in Newfoundland. The baby (Aurora) is taken in and raised by a local family and the story follows Aurora through her life, marriage, children, and comes full circle when her granddaughter discovers that Aurora and her mother were passengers on the Titanic.
In its own way, Newfoundland is a leading character in the story and the reader learns about the history, geography, politics, and people. Quick history lesson: Usually called simply Newfoundland, the Canadian province’s name is officially Newfoundland and Labrador. The name change in 2001 gave more equality to mainland Labrador, which is overshadowed by the more inhabited and popular island of Newfoundland. Newfoundland and Labrador is Canada’s most easterly province and is a bit smaller than California and a bit bigger than Japan. The province’s geographical highlights include its waterways and coastline, thousands of coastal islands, and mountainous regions.
As I read Latitudes of Melt, I could imagine the landscape, the people, and the overall environment. I always enjoy a story that allows me to dive-in, imagine characters, people, and places, and also learn new things. One thing I knew about Newfoundland prior to reading the book: That these Guys’ ancestors were from Newfoundland Labrador.
Question: What are you reading? I’m reading Bright’s Passage by Josh Ritter. I was teary-eyed by page 4. Stay tuned on this one!