Hand Me Down My Walking Cane
Author: Carla Hagen
Description: At the height of the Depression, Faunce Ridge, a tiny village on the Minnesota-Canadian border, is declared a rural slum by Roosevelt's New Deal government. Hometown boy Emil Rousseau is sent to photograph the poverty of his childhood neighbors to sell Congress on resettlement. Told from the perspective of Emil, his childhood sweetheart Rose, madam Sadie and bootlegger Magnus, Hand Me Down My Walking Cane speaks to the mystical pull of this harsh and beautiful place while bringing to vivid life the history of the borderland.
"A dazzling tale of life on the Minnesota border with Canada during the 1930s."
–Diana Anhalt, author of A Gathering of Fugitives
"Carla Hagen is a terrific storyteller, recreating a north country world gone by. It's like finding a sepia-toned family album you just can't put down."
–Judith Katz, University of Minnesota Department of English, Department of Gender, Women and Sexuality Studies