Yellowknife and its Varieties of Love in “Late Nights on Air”


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Yellowknife and its Varieties of Love in "Late Nights on Air"
In Elizabeth Hay’s novel Late Nights on Air the common thread that joins most of the characters in the novel, almost all of them outsiders who have come to Yellowknife in the Canadian north for a variety of reasons, is their pursuit of love. This essay will discuss the varieties of love that the author represents in this small, isolated community. It will be shown that there several dominant varieties of love that define the lives of the characters in this book: (1) woman-to-woman love; (2) abusive love; and (3) needy love. As will be seen, the linkage between the setting and the love stories, with the characters mostly arriving in Yellowknife as “refugees” from failed lives...
The end: so many of the key characters are not native to the North but “refugees” who have arrived there, damaged from failed lives elsewhere. Hay’s Yellowknife can be seen sort of like Casablanca in the famous old movie of the same name. It is a place of exiles, living and loving tragically, while the native population goes about their business being exploited in the background; only to erupt in the midst of the novel’s love affairs, making their presence evident, in the Berger Inquiry. In sum, this is a fascinating love of romance and pain, sadness and support, as its cast of characters seeks to find some comfort in their lives as exiles in Canada’s North.
Hay, Elizabeth. Late Nights on Air. Toronto: McClelland &
Stewart, 2009.