A geographical, historical, and spiritual odyssey by Canada’s high priestess of creative nonfiction.

A deep-seated questioning of her inherited religion resurfaces when Myrna Kostash chances upon the icon of St. Demetrius of Thessalonica. A historical, cultural and spiritual odyssey that begins in Edmonton, ranges around the Balkans, and plunges into a renewed vision of Byzantium in search of the Great Saint of the East delivers the author to an unexpected place—the threshold of her childhood church. An epic work of travel memoir, Prodigal Daughter sings with immediacy and depth, rewarding readers with a profound sense of an adventure they have lived. This book will appeal to readers interested in Ukrainian-Canadian culture , the Eastern Church, and medieval history, as well as to fans of Kostash’s bold creative nonfiction.

Myrna Kostash’s creative nonfiction continues to define and push the limits of the genre. Since the publication of All of Baba’s Children in 1977, she has been a strong voice in depicting the Ukrainian-Canadian experience in the West and its roots in European history. Her award-winning memoirs, essays, and other writing, along with her avid participation in the literary community, have garnered Kostash popular and critical acclaim at home and abroad. She lives in Edmonton.

328 pages • Map, bibliography, index
Wayfarer Series
978–0–88864–534–0 • 6" x 9" • $34.95 (T) paper
Travel Memoir/Creative Nonfiction
September 2010

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