"Grassby's portrait of the urban and rural communities of Nova Scotia are filled with details of a bygone era, but astute readers will see contemporary echoes in Kate's tribulations." --Booklist
"Kate's Ring is a marvellous story, a modern day Anne of Green Gables, gritty, sometimes desperate, tender, and in the end triumphant. It tears at your heart." --Sandra Birdsell
An industrial town where smoke laden with reddish-orange dust from the steel plant darkens the sky. A place where it's not easy to raise a family, especially one with its fair share of problems. But thirteen-year-old Kate takes on the responsibility and tries to keep her embattled family going. And it's Kate, in the end, who thinks she can get her parents, her brothers and sisters through heartbreak and tragedy.
Set in a hardscrabble East Coast town in the 1920's, Donna Grassby's novel paints a vivid portrait of people in crisis, exploring issues as relevant today as they were then. The resolution leans as much on hope as it does on family.
Donna Grassby grew up a Pier Girl in Whitney Pier, Cape Breton. Her critically acclaimed first book, A Seaside Alphabet, was published by Penguin Random House. She lives north of Toronto.