Every Little Scrap and Wonder: A Small-Town Childhood

Every Little Scrap and Wonder: A Small-Town Childhood

by Carla Funk
  • english-from-canada
  • from-british-columbia
  • memoir
  • narrative

From an award-winning essayist and acclaimed poet comes this radiant, observant, and warmly funny memoir about childhood, family, and small-town life.

Carla Funk grew up in a place of logging trucks and God, pellet guns and parables. Every Sunday, she sat with her mother and brother in the same pew at the Mennonite church while her dad stayed home with his cigarettes and a fridge full of whiskey.

In these tender, humorous stories, Funk stitches together the wondrous and the mundane: making snow angels and carrying sacks of potatoes, tossing pig bladders like footballs, and vying for the Christmas pageant spotlight.

Part ode to childhood, part love letter to rural life, Every Little Scrap and Wonder offers an original take on the memories, stories, and traditions we all carry within ourselves, whether we planned to or not.


Carla Funk, author

Carla Funk was born and raised in one of the earliest Mennonite settlements in Vanderhoof, British Columbia, Canada. She is the author of five books of poetry, the former poet laureate for the City of Victoria, and a recipient of the Malahat Review’s Constance Rooke Nonfiction Prize.


  • With gentle irony, Funk unfolds her child’s longing—'stringing to become a star’—in a place both gritty and unyielding, where scars and songs are one and the same. A lovely stitchery of childhood." - Beth Powning

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Rights Holder: Greystone Books

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Additional Information

number of pages: 264

publication date: 10/15/2019

Original language of pub: English

Materials Available: complete manuscript