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Meet Jimmie Peever – A Book Review

June 14, 2020
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A novel about a one-armed goalie and baseball pitcher doubles as an anecdotal history of the Kootenays

Keith G. Powell, In the Shadow of Elephants (Cranbrook: Wild Horse Creek Press, 2019), 302 pages (paper), $21.95.

Billed as a historical novel, Kootenay writer-publisher Keith G. Powell has crafted a multi-tasking book that doubles as a local history and triples as a photographic tour of the pioneer days of the East and West Kootenays. The challenge, and the fun, is to fit the history bits into the fictional ones. The story of Jimmie Peever, “the one-armed goalie and baseball player” of the subtitle is not a straight flowing narrative. Instead, Jimmie provides a storyline around which Powell tucks various historical events drawn from Kootenay historians like Elsie G. Turnbull. (Yours truly even makes a modest appearance.)

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