Snow Bodies:
One Woman's Life on the Streets

Elizabeth Hudson

Snow Bodies is a memoir of a young woman's life on the streets of Calgary and Vancouver in the early 1970s, in the vein of Evelyn Lau's Runaway: Diary of a Street Kid. From her own harrowing experience Elizabeth Hudson graphically renders the deadly underbelly of society and her descent into the abyss of drug addiction and prostitution. In direct prose, without fear, shame or explanation, and without imposing hindsight or societal values onto her narrative, Hudson takes the reader with her on a terrifying journey to the bottom. Snow Bodies is a heartbreaking reminder of the horrors occurring daily on Canada's city streets.


Elizabeth Hudson

Elizabeth Hudson was born in Halifax, Nova Scotia. After a few moves, her family settled in Calgary when she was 13. She has published articles and poetry in numerous publications such as Maclean's Magazine, Other Voices and Tower Poetry. Hudson's two sons have both graduated from university, and she now lives in the deep suburbs with her husband, three dogs and cat.

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Snow Bodies: One Woman's Life on the Streets

I saw a sickle moon slice through the September clouds as my left eyelid cracked open, then clamped shut again.

"Where are we going?" My voice purred with the powerful effects of the drug injected an hour or so ago in the Esso Men's Room on Center Street. There, around a stained and stinking urinal, Peter and I had fixed. For this brief piercing pleasure, we'd peddled Valium around the bar for 50 cents a pop. The sell tonight would have been easier if they'd been "blues" worth a buck a piece, but those had sold out nights ago. Left with the not-as-popular "yellows," together we'd approached, hassled and harassed each beer-filled table before selling a couple hundred tabs. Enough but never enough. "Where are we going?"

"Just driving, Beth. Just driving." Peter answered as he lounged beside me in the Volkswagen's back seat.

I snuggled under his arm and sank again into the feather down of the nod. But when Peter ordered, "Turn right." I pulled away, repelled as always by Fast Eddy's presence as chauffeur. An escapee from Prince Albert Penitentiary, Fast Eddy had restless green eyes, narrow lips, and a tongue that constantly darted out of his small mouth. I wondered how he got the prefix "Fast" because he seemed quite slow-witted. Street names could be like that, a reverse reflection of the self.


Snow Bodies: One Woman's Life on the Streets

"It's gripping throughout, and the author shows unusual flair for setting a suspenseful scene, whether a police raid or a fistfight between junkies."

- Saturday Night Magazine

"It's a riveting, utterly honest memoir that might be the most courageous you read this year."

- Marc Horton, Edmonton Journal

"The book is candid and compelling, reflecting the author's desire to educate her readers, and to issue a warning."

- The Saskatoon StarPhoenix

" With an exhaustive litany of exploits involving ruthless pushers, drunken johns, abusive pimps and cruel cops—plus a painfully honest look at her relationship with her parents—Snow Bodies makes for disturbing reading."

- Prairie Dog Magazine

 Beating the mean streets - Elizabeth Hudson reveals her former life

Praise for a man who dared to care-Dec 9, 2004



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