Skip to main content
Strangers in the House: A Prairie Story of Bigotry and Belonging

Strangers in the House: A Prairie Story of Bigotry and Belonging

Previous price: $19.95 Current price: $18.95
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Greystone Books
Next Chapter Booksellers
2 on hand, as of Mar 2 11:07pm
(General History)
On Our Shelves Now


A renowned author investigates the dark and shocking history of her prairie house.

When researching the first occupant of her Saskatoon home, Candace Savage discovers a family more fascinating and heartbreaking than she expected

Napol on Sureau dit Blondin built the house in the 1920s, an era when French-speakers like him were deemed "undesirable" by the political and social elite, who sought to populate the Canadian prairies with WASPs only. In an atmosphere poisoned first by the Orange Order and then by the Ku Klux Klan, Napol on and his young family adopted anglicized names and did their best to disguise their "foreignness."

In Strangers in the House, Savage scours public records and historical accounts and interviews several of Napol on's descendants, including his youngest son, to reveal a family story marked by challenge and resilience. In the process, she examines a troubling episode in Canadian history, one with surprising relevance today.

Published in Partnership with the David Suzuki Institute

About the Author

Candace Savage is the author of several bestselling, award-winning books. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada and in 1994 was inducted into the Honor Roll of the Rachel Carson Institute, Chatham College, in Pittsburgh. She shares her time between Eastend and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.