Susan Kerslake


Born in Chicago in 1943, Susan immigrated to Canada in 1966 and now lives in Halifax.

She has worked in a bookstore, the Killam Library at Dalhousie University, as a child care worker at St Joseph’s Children’s Centre, and in Child Life at the I.W.K. Grace Hospital for Children. She has worked as a volunteer with children with cystic fibrosis for over 20 years.

“Seasoning Fever is Little House on the Prairie had it been written by Annie Proulx, Wallace Stegner or Cormac McCarthy. In limpid, dreamlike prose, Susan Kerslake serves up an epic myth of the West with perceptiveness both wise and innocent. All of life’s elemental zest is here: deprivation and survival, love and lust, the magical and the mundane and the sometimes unbridgeable distance between male and female. No simple tale of prairie homesteading, this long-awaited novel imposes the ingenuous resource of a soaring poetic mind upon the grass ocean of an inscrutable land. If the measure of such fusion is an assessment of spirit, then the spirit of Seasoning Fever is original and triumphant.” – Richard Cumyn


Shortlisted for Governor General’s Award; ‘The Book of Fears’.

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