Wrapped around the stories of these four women, is a mystery. Something’s gone wrong with the Mosquitoes being built for the war effort - they keep crashing in flight tests, for no apparent reason. Is the problem with their design, or are they being sabotaged? By whom? The traitorous Red Finns? The political subversives who have recently escaped from one of the nearby prison camps? Everyone’s on high alert and “The Factory Voice” keeps abreast of the details or at least the rumours.
Rich with forties language and imagery, especially the sights and sounds of an assembly plant, The Factory Voice is a quirky, light-hearted mystery about the daily lives of factory workers and in particular of women in a time of transition, both for their personal lives and for the society in general.
Jeanette Lynes’ first novel, The Factory Voice (Coteau Books) was long-listed for the Scotiabank Giller Prize and a Re-Lit Award. Her seventh poetry collection, Bedlam Cowslip: The John Clare Poems (Wolsak and Wynn/Buckrider Books) received the 2016 Saskatchewan Arts Board Poetry Award. A recent Visiting Fellow at Bard Graduate Center in New York City and the University of Edinburgh’s Institute for Advanced Studies in the Humanities, Jeanette directs the MFA in Writing at the University of Saskatchewan. She lives in Saskatoon.
Jeanette Lynes has crafted a beautifully written story of three women on the margins as each tries to make her way in the world. The novel culminates in 2005, a year of further environmental disaster.