Every Little Scrap and Wonder: A Small-Town Childhood

Every Little Scrap and Wonder: A Small-Town Childhood

by Carla Funk


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From an award-winning essayist and acclaimed poet comes this radiant, observant, and warmly funny memoir about childhood, family, and small-town life.

Carla Funk grew up in a place of logging trucks and God, pellet guns and parables. Every Sunday, she sat with her mother and brother in the same pew at the Mennonite church while her dad stayed home with his cigarettes and a fridge full of whiskey. In these tender, humorous stories, Funk stitches together the wondrous and the mundane: making snow angels and carrying sacks of potatoes, tossing pig bladders like footballs, and vying for the Christmas pageant spotlight.

Part ode to childhood, part love letter to rural life, Every Little Scrap and Wonder offers an original take on the memories, stories, and traditions we all carry within ourselves, whether we planned to or not.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781771644662
Publisher: Greystone Books
Publication date: 10/15/2019
Pages: 240
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.60(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Carla Funk was born and raised in one of the earliest Mennonite settlements in Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of five books of poetry, the former poet laureate for the City of Victoria, and a recipient of the Malahat Review's Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize.

Table of Contents

Patchwork Crazy Quilt 1

I Autumn

Little Town 13

Where I Come From 23

My Father's World 33

First God 39

The Bear's Dance 45

Butchering Day 54

II Winter

Target Practice 67

On Beauty 75

The Carol Sing 86

Gloria 91

Christmas Eve, Loop Road 99

By and By, Lord 110

III Spring

The Higher Kingdom 123

Ask Now the Beasts 133

The Typewriter 142

All the Ways to Fall 156

Sunday Dad 167

The Pledge 174

IV Summer

Barbecue, Baptism 189

This Little Light 196

The Horse Story 207

Every Hidden Thing 215

The Lady of the Lake 224

Rules of War 232

Taking Up the Remnants 243

Acknowledgments 251

What People are Saying About This

From the Publisher

“Carla Funk is one of the finest poets of her generation. She’s becoming one of the finest nonfiction writers too. It doesn’t surprise me because the strengths of her poetry are evident in the prose: the force of her imagery, the colourful characters, an insider’s knowledge of northern rural Canada, and her story-telling skills. Reading her nonfiction reminds me of reading Alistair MacLeod. There’s the same deep understanding of a place and the same tough sweetness.”
—Lorna Crozier, Governor General's Award-winning poet and author of Small Beneath the Sky

“Wonderfully written and very evocative ... Carla Funk’s memories of her girlhood in the interior of BC reminded me of my own small-town, church- and logging-focused, bush boyhood in Ontario, and I was charmed by her childlike inclination to question everything, including existence.”
—Roy MacGregor, author of Canoe Country

“With gentle irony, Funk unfolds her child’s longing—‘straining to become a star’—in a place both gritty and unyielding, where scars and songs are one and the same. A lovely stitchery of childhood.”
—Beth Powning , author of The Sea Captain’s Wife

"A delightful read—vivid, hilarious, enormously entertaining. Carla Funk makes excellent use of a poet’s cognizance to evoke her Mennonite childhood in lively and irresistible prose."
—Andreas Schroeder , author of Renovating Heaven

“There is a propulsive, muscular musicality and discipline to every line as she gathers up the scraps and wonders of childhood memory and transforms them into some of the most lovely prose on offer in this season’s selection of memoirs.”
Vancouver Sun

"Variously warm, funny and heartfelt."
—Toronto Star

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