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Vicki Laveau-Harvie became a debut author in her mid-seventies with her extraordinary memoir, The Erratics. Returning to wintry Alberta after 18 years to tend to their infirm ageing parents, Vicki and her sister navigate the willful cruelty of their harsh, mad mother, and excavate the past and the psychological damage she unleashed on their family. “Be glad if you forget”, she writes. A book of unsettling honesty, tar-black humour and welcome warmth, The Erratics was the first memoir to win the Stella Prize.

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