Coal Dust Kisses
A Christmas MemoirBook - 2010
Northern lights. Samurai castles. Cree legends. Cape Breton coal mines. South American jungles. Nordic nights. Cherry blossom springs. Will Ferguson traces a single story of coal dust and Christmas from his grandfather's childhood in Scotland through to Ferguson's own befuddled life as a father.
Along the way, he presents Ultimate Haiku and invents a "Canadian dance" (to the amusement of Ecuadorian villagers). He explores Japanese myths, rides on bus roofs through the Andes, and navigates the machinations of kindergarten playgrounds.
Ferguson delves into the philosophy of four-year-olds and reveals at last the true root of celebrity culture. He even answers the burning question, once and for all: What book should you have with you if you are stranded on a desert island?
A richly layered story, told with warmth and humour, Coal Dust Kisses is funny, poignant, and heartfelt.