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One Indian Summer

One Indian Summer

One Indian Summer tells the timeless story of a boy growing up on a farm in the 1950s. Steven Moar, a teenager with intellectual leanings, feels an irresistable pull toward the city and a university education, yet his loyalty to his father and the family farm pulls him just as hard in the other direction.

Wayne Curtis portrays the region and the times with authority and vividness. A devoted resident of New Brunswick's Miramichi region, Curtis writes from his own experience of growing to manhood on a beloved farm doomed to failure by mechanization.


Wayne Curtis (b. 1945) divides his time between Newcastle, New Brunswick, and Fredericton. He is the author of several books of essays about fishing, fishermen and the Miramichi River, two story collections, Preferred Lies (Nimbus, 1998) and River Stories (Nimbus, 2000), and two novels, One Indian Summer (Goose Lane, 1994), the source of "Heavy Ice," and Last Stand (Nimbus, 1999).

"Wayne Curtis has a warmth in his command of language and a genuine insight in his description of place and time." — David Adams Richards

"This is very fine writing. Its closeness to detail vibrates with an honesty which bears witness to lives lived humbly and poignantly. It resonates with truth, and the insights are of a very high order. Wayne Curtis is a splendid writer." — Alistair MacLeod

"When I read this novel, I was struck by the maturity, intelligence and sensitivity of its author. In it Wayne Curtis conveys the essence of what it is like to grow up in the Miramichi valley during the years following World War II." — Fred Cogswell

200 pages
Pub date: June 1, 1994