A chronicle of violence and transformation, The Wig-Maker gives voice to a woman’s childhood trauma, her quest after identity, and the healing in between.
Abandoned by her mother and abused by her father as a child, Janet has sought to unearth and articulate the questions around her upbringing and her family’s past ever since. Recounting her story to Sharon, she found a receptive ear, the ability to heal, and a willing, uncanny, and faithful lyrical transcriber.
Janet’s self-recognition as a biracial child, her mourning the early loss of her brother and sister, the Black history of Alberta and Saskatchewan, her passage from McCrate, to Clift, to Gallant, and her wig-making work are woven together in Sharon’s elegiac verse.
The Wig-Maker is Janet Gallant’s song; her story comes to life in Sharon Thesen’s poem.
Griffin Poetry Prize winner Eve Joseph calls the book a “work of heart-breaking brilliance.”
Available March 11
128 pages · 5.5 x 8.5in
$18 CAD · $16 USD
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Read an excerpt of The Wig-Maker below.