By Margaret Sweatman
While Alice Lay Down with Peter is a sweeping, magical novel that follows 4 generations of the McCormack family members via greater than a century of Canadian background, because it unfolds at the flood plains of southern Manitoba. the tale of Alice and Peter McCormack and their progeny is an excellent, witty, and intimate epic that really reminds us that lifestyles tales not just comprise the main points of the earlier, but in addition extend into the current and destiny, encompassing even more than the information of existence and demise would appear to confess. Narrated via Blondie McCormack--Alice and Peter’s daughter, who has simply died on the age of 109--When Alice Lay Down with Peter is a unique that rejoices within the inevitability of swap, and within the hauntings that present our settling on to recollect our personal history.
Just as whilst Alice Lay Down with Peter is a narrative of a relations, it's a tale of a selected position through the years. Margaret Sweatman’s characters are by no means break free the tale of the land itself, or from the ordinary and political occasions that paintings away at its edges. The background of the McCormacks is a background of lifestyles at the land: of bountiful plants and devastating floods, the renewal of spring and the dying that marks every one fall. it's within the connection among where and its population that we discover the deceptively easy which means of “home.” And it really is to this conjoining of histories that Sweatman brings the lightning spark of her mind's eye, and out of which this glorious novel has been born.