With this first collection of short stories, Rosemary Nixon’s Wadden joins Manawaka and Agassiz on the landscape of Canadian fiction. Wadden, where farm and town, church and post office draw the limits of experience and escape. In prose of unnerving clarity, the individual lives of interwoven families unfold and overlap. There are: Fay Leichty, who lives at the very centre of the community in shamed silence; Kevin McClancy, unable to cross the boundaries of the Mennonite church and family; Rita Steckley, who during an encounter with a retarded boy and the town tough, discovers the cruelties of desire. And many more. Through memory, through fantasy, through differing versions of events and places as far away as Zaire, Mostly Country creates the people of Wadden. A reading experience to be enjoyed.


Mostly Country is not only a collection of stories, it’s the portrait of a rural western community — lovingly but toughly observed, told with tenderness and understanding but also with no holds barred. The stories themselves are deceptively simple, familiar as wheat, surprising as a handful of blood in a flour bin. An excellent début.”
— Margaret Atwood