Blackouts to Bright Lights:
Canadian War Bride Stories.
Edited by Barbara Ladouceur and Phyllis Spence.
Grade 9 and up / Ages 14 and up.
It is fitting that this celebratory book about the lives of Canadian war brides has been published on the fiftieth anniversary of the end of the war. The editors have transcribed the oral histories of thirty-six of the forty-eight thousand Canadian war brides into an upbeat collection of reminiscences. There is perhaps an emotional distance from the events as women in their seventies are looking back fifty years and giving a brief synopsis of their lives. Individually the stories are all interesting but a bit formulaic: where each bride was at the time war broke out; how she met her future husband; their subsequent marriage and life in Canada.
Grace Shaw is a teacher at Vancouver Community College.
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