The Heaviness of Things That Float
by Jennifer Manuel
Publisher: Douglas and McIntyre
Bernadette has spent the last forty years living alone on the periphery of a remote West Coast First Nations reserve, serving as a nurse for the community. Only weeks from retirement, she finds herself unsettled, with no immediate family of her own. Her fears are complicated by the role she has played within their community: a keeper of secrets in a place “too small for secrets.” When the shocking announcement is made that Chase Charlie, the young man that Bernadette loves like a son, is missing, the community is thrown into upheaval.