Josephine Mildred Curl Penny grew up in Labrador during the
1940s and 1950s. Like many Metis, she and her family lived a semi-nomadic
lifestyle, moving inside to the primitive settlement of Roaches Brook each fall
to hunt and trap, and outside to Spotted Island in the spring to harvest the
rich fishing grounds. Sent away to hospital at age four, to boarding school
when she was seven, and forced out to work at age eleven, Josie lost the family
bond so important to a young child. She recounts the years spent at Lockwood
School where she suffered atrocious punishments, eventually took their toll,
and her once free-spirited nature was broken. Reading became the only escape.
Set against the beauty and ruggedness of the Labrador coast, So Few on Earth is
a story of perseverance in a harsh environment and the possibility of life
starting anew from shattered beginnings.