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Digital Subscriptions > Quill & Quire > April 2016 > On the block

On the block

Daniel Poliquin delivers an enjoyable novel about a forgotten part of our history


The Angel’s Jig

Daniel Poliquin; Wayne Grady, trans.

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Slavery was abolished in Canada in 1834, but in the years between 1875 and 1925 (roughly), orphans and indigent seniors in parts of New Brunswick were regularly auctioned off as unpaid servants – slaves, in other words. Records of the practice have almost entirely disappeared, but this is the subject of an intriguing – and surprisingly uplifting–fable-like novel from Ottawa-based writer Daniel Poliquin.

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