Book Review: Baygirl by Heather Smith

Another interesting book I’m going to read this year…

Hey, Library Girl!

Kit Ryan is growing up in a fishing village in Newfoundland in 1992, when the government announces a moratorium on cod fishing, leaving her father suddenly without work.  Already a terrible alcoholic, Kit’s father moves her family from their rural community to live with Uncle Iggy in a much larger city.  Uncle Iggy is battling his own ghosts, though, and Kit struggles to fit into this new world, where the other kids taunt her with the nickname “Baygirl.”

Heather Smith’s smart, authentic historical novel is a standout debut of a book.  The novel manages to gently illustrate change without offering its readers any simple answers, and the likable Kit makes for an entertaining and sympathetic narrator.  Strong secondary characters and a near-seamless blending of social and personal issues make this a novel not to be missed.

As far as protagonists go, Kit is a knockout.  Intensely likable but also flawed…

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