Laurence: A Gift of Grace
Exploring the Prairie Origins of Laurence's Spirituality
Boughton's new book, Margaret Laurence: A Gift Of Grace,
recently released by Women's Press, is a life portrait that sheds
new light on the spiritual growth of the Manitoba novelist who remains
one of Canada's true greats on the world literary scene. Boughton's
engrossing "spiritual biography" is a timely reminder
that Laurence's life is an inspiration to anyone in search of meaning
largely unexplored side of Laurence's life and creativity, Margaret
Laurence: A Gift Of Grace presents new information and stories
from friends, as well as excerpts from Laurence's own writings.
Boughton includes her personal recollections of the author, whom
she met and interviewed in Winnipeg in 1978.
The work delves
into the impact of Laurence's prairie town upbringing and her United
Church sense of community, spirituality, and social justice on her
life and creative work. It tracks how Laurence came to express these
influences in such acclaimed novels as The Diviners, A
Jest of God, and The Stone Angel. It also describes her
growth as a community activist - from her teenage efforts in Manitoba
during World War II to her work with the anti-nuclear movement in
the 1980s, which ended only with her death.
up in Minnedosa, next to Laurence's home town of Neepawa, Manitoba.
The daughter and now wife of a United Church minister, she shares
Laurence's sense of place, community, spirituality, and social responsibility.
While Laurence graduated from United College (now University of
Winnipeg), Boughton graduated from the University of Manitoba. Also
like Laurence, Boughton began her journalistic career in Winnipeg
and now lives in Ontario. She has written for leading magazines,
worked in government and communications, been an investigative researcher
with CTV's W5, and is currently a Toronto-based writer and
Laurence: A Gift of Grace (208
pages pb, $19.95 Cdn./$14.95 U.S.978-0-88961-459-8 WP) is part of
the Women Who Rock series from Women's Press, an imprint of Canadian
Scholars' Press. June Callwood, another beloved Canadian author
and activist, called Boughton's work, "a glorious and profound
accomplishment. Here is the beloved Margaret Laurence with all her
decency, complexity, and uncompromising truth."