Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush by Carol Shields

Susanna Moodie: Roughing It in the Bush by Carol Shields
Illus. Selena Goulding
My rating: 5 of 5 stars

Paperback, 152 pages
Published Sept 6 2016 by Second Story Press
Source: egalley via netgalley

Excellent! This graphic novel comes to us posthumously from a script Carol Shields had been working on. It's an excellent retelling of Susanna Moodie's diary of pioneering in Upper Canada approximately the late 1830s. Concentrating on the hardships and rough life faced by unsuspecting British women who had been promised a better life with their husbands living off the land in Canada. This graphic novel features the most devastating and poignant moments from Moodie's writings to portray the life of one of Canada's first best-selling authors. A most compelling read with wonderful illustrations this bring's pioneering life to drastic reality. I've read the book by Moodie's sister, Catharine Parr Trail, the one that spurred Susanna to write the truth about the harsh land they found themselves trying to survive against, and this has made me more eager than ever to read Moodie's diary. An outstanding addition to Canadian graphic literature.


  1. Oh, I remember really enjoying Roughing It in the Bush when I read it for a university class eons ago. A graphic novel of it is an excellent idea!


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