Edge Seasons


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” My eyes follow the coyote’s trail. He would rather, I think, have trotted into the heart of winter in total obscurity, like a ship vanishing into fog. He had no need or desire to leave any trace of his passing.”

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In the middle years of my life, I find myself standing on a threshold, an “edge season,”  like that moment in a year when one season is finished, and the next one has not quite begun.  This memoir intertwines descriptions of the birds, fields, rivers and forests of a wild New Brunswick valley with my own story of transformation– a year-long journey of shattering and ultimately strengthening change.

A Globe and Mail Best Book of 2005; A Canadian Living magazine Book Club Selection.

The Globe and Mail: “Remarkable. There are few writers who can evoke the wild world with such intensity and originality…A book to return to, if only to find our way.” Patrick Lane

The Winnipeg Free Press: “Edge Seasons engages the reader from the first page. It is a joyful, lyrical celebration of life and of the Earth…An effortless read that makes us look anew at life, and the promise of each day that we are given. It is, quite simply, a wonderful book.”

The London Free Press: “A beautifully distilled memoir, a haunting evocation of the passing of time…rather than a lament, Powning’s book is a celebration. Edge Seasons is a treasure.”

Edmonton Journal: “Powning establishes herself as a gifted nature writer. And yet what will remain with most readers, no doubt, is Powning’s ability to capture the essence of parenting.”

The Gazette: “…a perceptive, well-written account of one of life’s turning points.”