MaryLou’s New Novel Sixties Girl

Set in 1960s and present-day Winnipeg, this poignant coming-of-age story follows a decade in the life of a young girl growing up in a close-knit family in a time of sweeping social change. Sixties Girl is a decade in the life of an ordinary girl living in extraordinary times, from the Cuban Missile Crisis to Expo 67, from Beatlemania to miniskirts.

Told in alternating timelines—with an adult Laura recalling her childhood experiences to her grandson Will—this vivid portrait of a Canadian childhood and adolescence is a deeply personal, heartfelt reflection on family and self-discovery, as well as an insightful commentary on an era that changed society forever.

You can buy Sixties Girl at all McNally Robinson Booksellers, the Steinbach Heritage Village Museum, the Common Word Bookstore and on Amazon.

MaryLou’s First Novel Lost on the Prairie

Set in 1907, Lost on the Prairie is the story of twelve-year-old Peter who has been assigned to care for the horses on his family’s immigration train journey from Kansas to Saskatchewan. In South Dakota Peter’s box car becomes separated from the train and Peter finds himself lost and alone on the prairie.  He will face many dangers and meet all kinds of interesting people as he attempts to reunite with his family.

Inspired by an incident in the life of her own grandfather MaryLou Driedger has created a novel packed with excitement and adventure that paints a realistic portrait of prairie life in the early twentieth century.

You can buy Lost on the Prairie at all McNally Robinson Booksellers, at the Steinbach Heritage Village Museum, at Common Word Bookstore and on Amazon.