Ian Ferguson won the Stephen Leacock Medal for this outrageously funny book about growing up in the far north. In 1959, just one step ahead of the law, Fergusons con-artist father fled Edmonton with his pregnant wife, Louise, in a beat-up Mercury ...
Zephyr. Passing himself off at the "Indian school" as a teacher, Hank settles his ever-growing family in remote Fort Vermilion, Canadas third-poorest community where plumbing and electricity are unheard of and luck seems reserved for Whites only. Fergusons gifts as a comic actor come to the fore in this spirited reading of his rib-tickling yet tender chronicle of a hard-knocks childhood. Mixing truth with fiction, and introducing a cast of loveable misfits, Village of the Small Houses exists some-where between Angelas Ashes and Who Has Seen the Wind.