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Many thanks for stopping by. Please feel free to poke around and send me a note using the comments feature. (It’s lonely in here.) The second edition of Stony River is out with a brand new cover and a reader’s guide. A gorgeous package.

The novel continues and expands upon “Not Meant to Know,” the first story in the Silent Girl collection, while challenging assumptions about right and wrong, sanity and madness, love and abuse and “the one true way.” This National Post article offers a glimpse into my thinking about the era in which the novel is set.

The Toronto Star says, “Think Mad Men but even madder.” The Globe and Mail says, “Reminiscent of Ann-Marie MacDonald’s The Way the Crow Flies…Dower is a masterful storyteller to watch.”

Award-winning author Billie Livingston says,A taut, compelling portrait of a small town’s underbelly. With sinister imagery and evocative prose, Tricia Dower pulls back the cloak of 1950s ‘innocence’ to expose the ugly secrets that lie in wait, teeth grown sharp in the dark.”

Stony River is available in print and electronic versions.

Stony River was shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award. Congrats to winner Chris Meades.


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 New Edition with Reader’s Guide!

It Wasn’t All Poodle Skirts and Rock ‘n’ Roll. Everyone in Stony River, New Jersey, thinks Crazy Haggerty lives alone. But on a sweltering afternoon in 1955, Linda Wise and Tereza Dobra spy two cops escorting a girl who looks to be about their age out of the eccentric man’s rundown house. As Linda and Tereza watch the pale, pretty girl enter an alien world, they’re unaware their own lives will soon be shattered.

Set in a decade we tend to think of as a more innocent time, Stony River shows in dramatic and unexpected ways how perilous it was to come of age in the 50s. Here are absent mothers, controlling fathers, biblical injunctions, teenage longing and small-town pretense. The threat of violence is all around: angry fathers at home, dirty boys in the neighborhood, strange men in strange cars, a dead girl and another gone missing.

Stony River is an engrossing novel about growing up, finding your voice and forgiving your family.

Shakespeare Revisited
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Silent Girl takes us into the remarkable lives of fictional daughters, sisters, friends, lovers, wives and mothers through a story collection inspired by Shakespeare’s plays. Set in Canada, Kyrgyzstan, Thailand and the United States, eight insightful stories deal with a range of contemporary issues: racism, social isolation, sexual slavery, kidnapping, violence, family dynamics and the fluid boundaries of gender. (Published by Inanna, 2008)

Long-listed for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and the George Ryga Award for Social Awareness in Literature.

You can listen to me read from Silent Girl here.

14 Responses to Home

  • Helen and Patricia says:

    Well written synopsis – can’t wait to read the real thing! Is there a map of Stony River? :razz:

    • Tricia says:

      Thanks! As a matter of fact, there is a map done by a brilliant artist I know. You’ll be able to find it in the book as well on Penguin’s website closer to publication date. Thank you for dropping by and leaving a comment.

  • Gail Johnson Morris says:

    Tricia,
    I am looking forward to reading your new book. The synopsis has me hooked. Congratulations on being published x2.
    Gail.

  • Linsey Gibbons says:

    Hi Tricia – I am so looking forward to reading your book! I read the first chapter when it was previewed on Penguin’s website and am hooked – can’t wait to read what happens! My mum (Diana) has promised me a signed copy from your launch at the diner on the 9th. Wish I could be there too as it sounds like great fun but unfortunately I have commitments that keep me in Calgary.

    Best of luck with the book, I’m sure it will do exceptionally well!
    Linsey

    • Tricia says:

      Hi Linsey, thanks for your vote of confidence and good wishes. I remember meeting you at the Calgary launch of Silent Girl and look forward to signing a copy of Stony River for you.

  • Oona says:

    Hi! I found your page surfing on the penguin site… After getting there from the Victoria Public library site. Your book sounds enthralling, in a sinister kind of way … I can’t wait to read it! I was surfing to find my next read… And Stony River is on my must read list now! Cheers!

    • Tricia says:

      Thank you, Oona. I’m thrilled you want to read Stony River. Please let me know if you do and what you think of it. Thanks for dropping by to comment.

  • Carilyn says:

    Stony River is an amazing read. As an english major I have read many great works but few have captured me as much as this novel has.

    My congratulations on a truly remarkable book.

  • Stony River says:

    Hi Hi Hi Tricia ;-)
    I will no doubt purchase this book
    You inquired about my story (via Twitter) – well, it is full of intrigue!
    - and set firmly, with daily sequels, in the 21C

    Stony River is my full name = a natural name
    - and is found on all my legal documents – I live near Kakadu AU
    Kindest Regards, Blessings and Wishing You Tricia Every Success
    Stony River :-) (-:

    • Tricia says:

      Thanks so much for visiting my site, Stony. What a marvelous coincidence that your name is same as my book title. Happy to meet you!

  • Kevin Shaw says:

    Hi Tricia! I am so glad you found me on FACEBOOK. If you can find your way to my FACEBOOK page and to my pictures, you will see quite a few- lots of my dogs, besides human members of my family. I will be back in touch – I am on FACEBOOK all the time, every day. Arlene is also on FACEBOOK. One of these days I will get around to reading your books. I think I read that I need to get them at amazon.ca – your books are not for sale in the US, is that right? I order stuff from amazon a lot- mostly weather books and instruments.. Talk some more real soon- fascinating to get to know more about you and learn of all your great accomplishments! And love those old pics- I remember your parents quite well. I was not in that picture from Gus and Len’s 50th anniversary, that is not me in the bow tie. What year was that photo taken? I am guessing early 50s. I was born in 1950 and my parents must have left me home with a babysitter … My sister wasn’t there either- she was born in 1948. Much more to come! Kevin

    • Tricia says:

      I’m glad I found you, too. Silent Girl is available in the US from Amazon.com and a California distributor. Stony River is available to US residents through Amazon.ca. I’ll send you the links!

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