Barbara Joan Scott


Published by Freehand Books

New Release

The Taste of Hunger 

In Saskatchewan in the late 1920s, a fifteen-year-old Ukrainian immigrant named Olena is forced into marriage with Taras, a man twice her age, who wants her even though she has refused him. Stuck in a hardscrabble life with a husband she despises, starved for a life of her own choosing, at every turn Olena rebels agains her husband and her fate. As Olena and Taras drag everyone around them into the maelstrom that is their marriage, they set off a chain of turbulent events whose aftershocks reverberate through generations.

In her novel, The Taste of Hunger, Barbara Joan Scott masterfully explores the pull of family, the fallout of thwarted desire, and the power of redemption and forgiveness.


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"Black Diamond" wins Writers' Guild of Alberta Jon Whyte Memorial Essay Award, 2021

The Taste of Hunger release date: Sept. 1/22

Sept. 12/22 Book Launch with Mikka Jacobsen at Southern Alberta Pioneers Memorial Building 7 p.m.

The Taste of Hunger reviewed by Ian Colford at Miramichi Reader. "In her debut novel Barbara Joan Scott tells a story filled with fierce passion and thwarted dreams, a story that skirts the edges of melodrama without making the plunge. The Taste of Hunger also provides a compulsive read and leaves us pondering the darkness that resides in every human heart."


Final Draft

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The Taste of Hunger tops fiction bestseller lists of The Calgary Herald and The Book Publishers' Association of Alberta Booknet. Also on the list of Alberta bestsellers for September/22.

 Review by J. Jill Robinson on Goodreads. "readers will be struck by Scott’s tender, nonjudgmental engagement with and affection for her characters...heightened by Scott’s concise, meticulous prose."

Review by Jane Baird Warren on Goodreads. "THE TASTE OF HUNGER has the chops to be the next great Canadian (Prairie) novel. This multi-generational novel is set in early 20th-century Saskatchewan and tells the story of Ukrainian immigrants. It is literary, thematically powerful, and perhaps best of all, a compelling, page-turning mystery."