Kaidenberg’s Best Sons is an unvarnished view of the lives of settlers’ in the early days of immigration to the Canadian prairies. Set in the early years of the 20th century, this book is the story of a community of German-speaking Catholics who have emigrated from Russia to North Dakota. They learn of an opportunity to settle plots of more productive land in Saskatchewan. As some members of the group start packing and heading north for the new province, others struggle with the idea of relocating again. Author Jason Heit describes his work as a “novel in stories.” Some of the same characters dovetail throughout while others appear in one or two stories. Together, these tales give the reader various points-of-view into a small, closely knit community that is bound by heritage, a common language and faith yet is rife with ambition, fear and envy.
Jason Heit was raised on his family’s farm in west central Saskatchewan. Growing up in a rural community that struggled to thrive inspired him to study rural issues and work in the area of community economic development in Canada, Latin America, and Mongolia. He holds a Master’s of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies with a focus on co-operative organizations from the University of Saskatchewan, and continues to work in economic development as a policy analyst with the federal government. Heit’s writing often reflects his interest in rural communities and people, their issues and stories. His short stories have appeared in Event and Coffin Bell. Kaidenberg’s Best Sons is his first book. Jason Heit and his wife, Jacqueline, have two children. They live near Pike Lake, Saskatchewan.