A Three Day Event
It’s 1992, and language tensions are roiling Montreal. But 100 kilometres away at the peaceful Le Centre Equestre de L’Estrie in Quebec’s Eastern Townships, francophones and anglophones, bonded by their common love of horse sport, get along just fine.
Cracks appear in the stable’s sunny façade, though, when Le Centre is designated the site of a prestigious competition for Olympic hopefuls in the disciplines of Dressage, Three-Day Eventing and Jumping. Suddenly personal conflicts surface. Political and language tensions flare. The stable office is vandalized, the walls covered in anti- anglophone graffiti. A beautiful stallion is mutilated. A viciously anti-Semitic fax is sent to Le Centre’s Jewish owner. Three culprits? Two? One?
Then the head stable boy’s strangled corpse is discovered. A murder investigation begins, with former Jumper champion Polo Poisson cast as chief sleuth. Suspects abound, as everyone with a stake in Le Centre’s success hated the victim – and with reason. Over the course of three days, Polo tracks all the intertwined mysteries to their source, in the process flushing out a long suppressed mystery about his own past.
ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS: A Cultural Memoir and other Essays is a collection of unpublished writing by National Post columnist Barbara Kay. This wide-ranging selection includes original essays – notably the title essay, a mini-memoir of the cultural and intellectual influences that shaped Kay’s worldview - as well as a discursive ramble through the bizarre sub-culture of the pit-bull advocacy movement.
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Unworthy Creature: A Punjabi Daughter's Memoir...
Aruna Papp with Barbara Kay
Is the memoir of a South Asian immigrant to Canada, whose formative years in India were steeped in a reigning culture of honour and shame, in which the burden of the family's good standing rests on the sexual purity of girls and women. The book traces the author's lonely, poignant, often risk-charged struggle to free herself from the oppressive code. As well, the book chronicles her courageous battle to help other South Asian girls and women in Canada step out of their kinsmen's ancient patriarchal cycle and claim their gender rights as fully equal Canadian citizens.
Post ebook No. 5: Best of Barbara Kay, Vol. I
National Post Staff, National Post
Tuesday, January 24, 2012
In her columns on subjects ranging from Canadian literature to our educational and legal systems' bias against boys and men to honour killings, Barbara Kay is sharp, provocative and never afraid to go against the conventional wisdom
This collection of her best work illustrates why she is one of the National Post's best-loved columnists...