Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Missing Sarah by Maggie de Vries

This is the first time I've showcased a book I haven't  read, but I think "Missing Sarah" is an important novel for a lot of reasons, reasons I believe you'll understand after you read the synopsis. As many of you know I struggled over whether to mention the Highway of Tears in my latest WIP. In the end I decided these women deserved as much and we can't let this continue. 

Here's something from the author Maggie de Vries's page:

Missing Sarah: a memoir of loss

My sister Sarah is one of Vancouver's missing women, but she isn't missing anymore.

This is the story of Sarah, told through her own poetry, excerpts from her journals, her parents' and siblings' memories and the recollections of people who knew Sarah during her fourteen years downtown. A portrait emerges of a bright, funny, charismatic and sensitive woman trapped in a downward spiral of self-loathing, prostitution, drugs and violence.

One of my more recent books is Missing Sarah: a Memoir of Loss, which comes out of a very important relationship in my life and a personal tragedy. It is not a book for children, although many teens are reading it. Currently sixty-nine women are missing from Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Almost all the women were addicted to heroin and most of them were sex workers, working to support their addiction. A man named Robert Pickton has been charged with the murders of twenty-two of those women. My sister, Sarah's DNA was found on his property in August 2002 and in the spring of 2005, he was charged with her murder.

author Maggie de Vries

George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in BC Literature
2004VanCity Book Prize, 2004
Vancouver Book Award, Honourable Mention, 2004
Runner up for One Book, One Vancouver, 2004
Governor General’s Award Nomination for Non-Fiction, 2003

A new edition with an additional chapter about what transpired in
the five years after the book was first published came out in July, 2008.

ISBN 978-0-14-317044-0

Click here to order from Amazon.ca


  1. Oh my goodness, how very sad, and even worse that a woman, a person, should be placed in such a situation that they'd feel the need for drugs and prostitution. This definitely sounds like a story that touches the heart. We often overlook what goes on in society. We've become desensitized.

  2. The sad thing is this has been going on for decades and continues to. Terribly disgusting.

    Thanks for visiting, Laila.

  3. Hi Joylene .. thanks for highlighting Maggie's book, which looks like it should be a definite read for many of us ... interesting that you mention young people are reading it.

    It's a book I'd like to read sometime .. thank you for telling us about it .. Hilary

  4. You're so welcome, Hilary. Hope your day's going well. Best to your mum.

  5. Joylene,
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  6. Katt, what a sweet thing to do. Thank you!

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