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Butala, Sharon 1940-

Works: 91 works in 278 publications in 2 languages and 2,943 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Fiction  Pictorial works  Domestic fiction  Psychological fiction  History  Biographies  Illustrated works  Autobiographies  Detective and mystery fiction 
Roles: Author, Creator
Classifications: PR9199.3.B798, 813.54
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Sharon Butala
The Garden of Eden by Sharon Butala( Book )

10 editions published between 1998 and 2012 in English and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Many layered novel of death and redemption in the lives of ordinary people, set in the rolling plains of the Saskatchewan prairies
Luna by Sharon Butala( Book )

14 editions published between 1988 and 2014 in English and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Luna is bestselling author Sharon Butala's second brilliant novel in her loosely linked trilogy that begins with The Gates of the Sun, and ends with The Fourth Archangel. Selling out its first printing within months when it was first re-issued in 1994, this is a classic Sharon Butala novel. Luna is the story of three prairie women at the crossroads of their lives. Rhea, still strong and proud at 80, contemplates her death, and her pioneer life, the years of loneliness she endured, tears seeping from her body while she kneaded her loaves of bread. Selena, Rhea's niece, struggling to come to terms with her teenaged daughter's pregnancy, wonders if her way of life is changing forever. And Diane, Selena's sister, until now a woman cloaked in the busy fabric of farming life suppers, chores and gardening, leaves for the city on a search for freedom, for identity and for self. Each of them is inexorably a part of the vast prairie landscape, its seemingly spare geography in reality as rich and varied as the inner lives of its inhabitants. Luna resonates with our constant, passionate and often mystical struggle to love the land, conquer it, abandon it, and most of all, rediscover ourselves within it
Upstream = "Le pays d'en haut" by Sharon Butala( Book )

10 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and Undetermined and held by 144 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The gates of the sun by Sharon Butala( Book )

8 editions published between 1985 and 1994 in English and held by 138 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Real life : short stories by Sharon Butala( Book )

9 editions published between 2002 and 2012 in English and held by 134 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Real life" contains ten stories, singular moments of emotional intensity about the inner lives we all share
Wild rose by Sharon Butala( )

4 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 130 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Acclaimed novelist and literary nonfiction writer Sharon Butala's new novel is vividly filled with sodbusters and cowboys, fallen women and proper ladies, settlers and Indians. By the end of the first chapter, Sophie Hippolyte's husband Pierre will have been gone for three days, and the suspense, as a lone horseman approached their homesteader cabin in the southwest Saskatchewan of the 1880s, is palpable
The girl in Saskatoon : a meditation on friendship, memory and murder by Sharon Butala( Book )

8 editions published between 2008 and 2014 in English and held by 124 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In 1961, a country singer named Johnny Cash chose a beautiful young woman named Alexandra Wiwcharuk to be his "Girl in Saskatoon" and sang to her in front of a hometown crowd. A few months later she would be found brutally murdered on the banks of the Saskatchewan River. As Sharon Butala notes, "An entire city came to a stop." Her high school friend Alex had dreamed of becoming a glamorous stewardess; she had been crowned a beauty queen in local pageants; she was about to graduate as a nurse. Her brutal killing became a touchstone moment for Saskatoon residents: years later, people could still remember exactly what they were doing when they heard the news. Why was Alex's murder so haunting? And why did Sharon Butala return some 40 years later to reconstruct Alex's life and search for answers?
Queen of the headaches by Sharon Butala( Book )

7 editions published between 1985 and 1994 in English and Undetermined and held by 120 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The fourth archangel by Sharon Butala( Book )

6 editions published between 1992 and 1993 in English and held by 113 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Lilac moon : dreaming of the real West by Sharon Butala( Book )

6 editions published between 2005 and 2012 in English and held by 106 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To answer the question "What makes a Westerner?", author Butala considers the myths, the history, and the peoples of the three prairie provinces. From the pioneer past to Western stereotypes, from racial and ethnic inequalities to party politics, from rural myths to urban realities, she interweaves strands of history, family, politics and culture
Fever by Sharon Butala( Book )

10 editions published between 1990 and 2002 in English and held by 105 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Winner of the 1992 Authors Award for Paperback Fiction, Fever was also nominated for a Commonwealth Award. Like Real Life, it is a collection of short stories that reveals the secret inner lives of women and men, skillfully peeling back their defenses to expose crystallizing moments of joy, pain, fear and guiltless pleasure. In "Fever," a woman whose husband suddenly becomes deathly ill finds herself in the midst of a torrid affair, unable to confront her true feelings about a marriage past its prime. Sharon Butala infuses Fever with an intensity of emotion that often catches its readers off-guard, making for a reading experience that is always honest and powerful." (reissue ed.)
Saskatchewan : uncommon views by John Conway( Book )

2 editions published in 2005 in English and held by 95 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A photographer on the move, John Conway is trying to capture Saskatchewan. He is stealthy, catching landscapes off-guard, and in the process recording astonishing scenes, striking paradoxes, and disquieting reminders that are often overlooked. Saskatchewan: Uncommon Views rejoices in a landscape known only to insiders as Conway celebrates his province with affection and a keen eye for unusual detail. With essays by Sharon Butala, David Carpenter, and Helen Marzolf, this blending of text and image will both surprise and invite wonder."--Jacket
Country of the heart by Sharon Butala( Book )

9 editions published between 1984 and 2012 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Nominated for a Books in Canada First Novel Award when it was first published in 1984, Country of the Heart is the resonant story of Iris and Lannie, also the heroines of Sharon Butala's newest novel, The Garden of Eden. Set in Butala's beautifully realized prairie landscape, Country of the Heart introduces 40-year-old Iris, seemingly happily married to Barney, a rancher-turned-farmer; Jake, a widower who, despite his age, still radiates the power and passion of the legendary cowboy he once was; and Lannie, Barney's niece, the troubled young woman who has lived with Barney and Iris since her own mother died. A story of the transforming power of love and land as only Sharon Butala can tell, Country of the Heart is a welcome addition to the hugely successful Butala backlist, a novel -- because of its link to The Garden of Eden -- that will gain instant recognition with Butala's fans
Old Man on His Back : portrait of a Prairie landscape by Sharon Butala( Book )

2 editions published in 2002 in English and held by 72 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Zara's dead : a mystery by Sharon Butala( )

8 editions published in 2018 in English and Undetermined and held by 71 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Fiona Lychenko--now a woman in her late sixties--spent years researching the death of her high school classmate Zara Stanley, who was brutally murdered in the early sixties, at the age of twenty. Determined to solve the crime--something not even the police were able to do, Fiona interviewed everyone she could in her hometown of Ripley, but to no avail: every trail led to the same dead end. She even published her findings in a book, hoping it would lead to anonymous clues from readers and outliers, but to no avail. Now, a decade later, Fiona has finally given up hope that the real killer would ever be caught. That is, until a brown manila envelope turns up under the door of her Calgary condo, with one sheet of paper inside that has a set of numbers and letters on it--all cut out from newspapers and magazines. Suddenly, all of the old feelings return, and Fiona once again finds herself embroiled in the midst of a tangled controversy so intricate and delicate that one wrong move could unravel the whole thing. Based on the true story of the murder of Alexandra Wiwcharuk in 1961 in Saskatoon, Zara's Dead is the fictional retelling of a very real story, one that has captivated and eluded answers for decades."--
Season of fury and wonder : short stories by Sharon Butala( )

3 editions published between 2018 and 2019 in English and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"From the preface: These stories are about old women. I wanted to make them about old women's lives now, as they live them, and not stories about their pasts as most writers have done, but I found, as I wrote, that inevitably the past interfered, popped up, refused to be batted down, and I had to accept that the past is very much an integral part of the now for all old people. If old age is a time of re-ordering the past, often of re-understanding it, of discovery, of trying to draw a clear narrative line through it, and of finding, at last, recurring or steady themes, and of summing up - all of which it definitely is, at least, among the wise - then reflection, musing, meditating on the past is inevitable, and very much to be desired. The now, it turns out, only makes sense in terms of the past. As one's world draws in, gets smaller and smaller, the inner life grows stronger and deeper. Life becomes thought: the grave danger is letting thought become dream, illusion, delusion, hallucination. This detachment from reality happens (when, of course, it is not caused by a disease) when the old person lives alone, or sees only other, younger adults who have no respect for the aged person as a human being."--
Harvest : a celebration of harvest on the Canadian prairies by Todd Korol( Book )

1 edition published in 1992 in English and held by 45 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Wild stone heart : an apprentice in the fields by Sharon Butala( Book )

8 editions published between 1995 and 2001 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Coming attractions : stories by Sharon Butala( Book )

4 editions published in 1983 in Undetermined and English and held by 25 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Coyote's morning cry : meditations & dreams from a life in nature by Sharon Butala( Book )

6 editions published between 1995 and 1998 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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