A Review of Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. A Memoir, by Jenny Heijun Wills (McClelland & Stewart, 2019)

Cover of "Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related. A Memoir," by Jenny Heijun Wills

This book hit me in the gut. Older Sister. Not Necessarily Related by Jenny Heijun Wills is a poetic, edgy, sad, and ultimately hopeful memoir about gender, ethnicity, and skin colour. Wills was adopted from Korea as a baby by white parents,…

Writing about Anger While Keeping the Story Uplifting & Real

A pile of old suitcases wtih a pair of pink high-tops at the top. The cover for Between Worlds 1: The Move by Lori Wolf-Heffner

Have you ever read a story or watched a movie only to be disappointed in the ending because the protagonist won too easily? Don’t get me wrong: sometimes I enjoy a little cheese in my entertainment, especially at Christmastime, but I can…

What Did Elisabeth Wear? Clothing in Semlac

A young teenage girl wearing a white blouse and dark skirt and standing in front of a small tree. The photo is from the 1910s

Clothing in Semlac is perhaps the hardest detail to keep track of in Between Worlds. I have photos, but they don’t match the exact years that Between Worlds takes place in. Fashion in between the wars did begin to modernize, but to what extent I…