When I picked up this novel, I knew that it was Canlit based on the setting: small town, Bay of Quinte area in Ontario. Of course, I try to read as much Canlit as possible, and thought that this would be a nice little read. What I didn't realize was that this novel is so deserving of a place in the Canadian literary canon. It is brilliant. MacLeod is quoted on the cover as calling this novel a "remarkable accomplishment." It truly is that. Itani took a formidable period in Canadian history and allowed readers to witness life through the eyes of a deaf woman. We watch her mature from an unknowing child into an emotive and courageous woman, married to a man on the front. We also see WWI through his eyes - a harrowing time, glorified by the people left at home - his story shows nothing of that glamour as a stretcher-bearer in the trenches. I don't think I can find fresh words to describe this novel that haven't already been written by reviewers. This book is currently in the lead for best of the year... so far!