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JAZZ WAS HER TICKET OUT. Just as Charlotte is set to leave the small town of Norman, Manitoba, her mother dies, and she is forced to give up a music career to care for her ailing father. Now facing retirement herself, she must come to grips with a lifetime of choices and missed opportunities. Blue Becomes You is a beautifully observed story of hope and self-discovery.

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Finalist for the 2003 Amazon.ca/Books in Canada First Novel Award


“This is a beautifully written, sweet-natured, low-key novel, with delightful, fully drawn characters that stay with you like old friends long after the book is finished.” — W.P. Kinsella, Books in Canada

“Blue Becomes You is a magnificent novel about quiet dignity and yearning. ” — Kevin Patterson, author of Consumption

“Blue Becomes You is a poignant, beautifully written work of art that is bound to become a Canadian classic. Ms von Kampen has a wonderful ability to capture life in a Canadian small town and so very accurately depicted the reasons why some people stay, why some leave, and why others leave only to return again.” — Lethbridge Herald