The Taste of Hunger

  • 9781990601187

A family saga about Ukrainian immigrants in the early 20th century, the power of desire, Baba Yaga fairytales, and a moment that changes everything.

In Saskatchewan in the late 1920s, a fifteen-year-old Ukrainian immigrant named Olena is forced into marriage with Taras, a man twice her age, who wants her even though she has refused him. Stuck in a hardscrabble life and with a husband she despises, fiercely determined Olena sets off a chain of events that pulls everyone around them, including their two daughters, into a vortex of simmering bitterness and anger — and a moment that leaves aftershocks in its wake for years to come.

Barbara Joan Scott has masterfully crafted a novel about our deepest desires and the lengths we’ll go to chase our most insatiable needs. The Taste of Hunger explores the pulls of family, the justification of anger, and the possibility of redemption.

Available September 1, 2022


About the author

Barbara Joan Scott’s first book, The Quick, won the City of Calgary W.O. Mitchell Book Prize and the Howard O’Hagan Award for Best Collection of Short Fiction, and was shortlisted for the Henry Kreisel Award for Best First Book. In 2015 she received the Lois Hole Award for Editorial Excellence. The Taste of Hunger is her debut novel. She lives in Calgary.

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