Shortlisted, East Coast Literary Award and Evelyn Richardson Prize for Non-Fiction
It was over in seconds. In the early hours of January 12, 2008, seven members of a high school basketball team and their coach's wife died instantly when their school van collided with a tractor trailer. Travelling in dirty weather, minutes from their Bathurst, New Brunswick, homes, the impact forever shattered the lives of eight families and their community. In the weeks that followed the horrific crash, two women who lost their sons in the accident forged a bond. Ana Acevedo and Isabelle Hains were transformed by their unimaginable grief into unlikely agents of courage and change. It was Isabelle and Ana who pushed the provincial government into holding an inquest into the accident. It was Isabelle and Ana who pushed the province into following the recommendations of that inquest. And it was Isabelle and Ana who made it safer for children to travel to extracurricular activities, in New Brunswick and across the country. A gripping story told in heartbreaking detail, Driven reveals the truth behind one of this country's worst school tragedies, and the two women who fought for justice in the name of their sons.
Shortlisted: East Coast Literary Award
"Once you start reading Richard Foot's powerful story, you won't be able to put it down. How these small-town women — with few resources — forced reluctant politicians and civic leaders to change safety rules about transporting students is an inspiration to all of us." — Stevie Cameron
"An exquisite and heartbreaking portrait of mother grief. Meticulously researched and shocking in its ultimate conclusions. A must-read for every Canadian parent who believes that governments always act with our children's best interests at heart." — Ann Douglas
"This book is an inspiration to anyone who is fighting for justice. It illuminates what can be done by everyday people through sheer will, determination, and knowing that right is on your side." — The Toronto Star
Pub date: October 22, 2013