About Manitoulin Memories
Manitoulin Memories is an interconnected series of short stories about a man who's trying to recall his father. It's set in Manitoulin Island, Ontario, Canada in the 1950s—now dead, consumed by civilization.
After WW II, tourists came to the island from the States for a summer getaway. Manitoulin Memories deals with those who came and what they found and how they ended up; it makes use of a middle-aged man who returns to the Manitoulin to learn who he was when he lived there.
Manitoulin Island is the largest freshwater island in the world which, as a fact, shrinks in significance the more you think about it. On a map, the Manitoulin is a blob of land dividing the southern half of Lake Huron from its North Channel. 100 miles long, 50 miles wide at one point, with over 1000 square miles, the island is home to some 12,000 Canadian souls whose ancestors settled there from England, Ireland, and Scotland 150 years ago, while already on the premises were members of the Ojibway Nation.
Nearly one-third of the species of flora for all of Canada grows on the Manitoulin, which today is not as rural as it was in the 1950s.
- William Reeves, July 2011
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