Finalist for the City of Victoria Butler Prize!

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“…utterly convincing…” — Kathy Page

“Touching, genuine, visceral and real.” — Richard Wagamese

“…with poetic flair and sensual detail.” — Donna Morrissey

“…a novel of ideas and politics in the very best sense.” — Vancouver Sun

It’s 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and the town of Stony River where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the form of marriage to the charismatic, twenty-six-year-old Ronald Brunson, a newly ordained Methodist minister who ignites in her a dormant passion for social justice. He tells her war and racial discrimination are symptoms of the “moral rot” destroying the country, conjuring up something dark and rancid in her mind, thrilling in its wickedness. He sweeps her away from New Jersey to serve with him at a church in a speck-on-the-map prairie town in Minnesota. What lies ahead for her over the next seven years is the subject of Tricia Dower’s penetrating study of a marriage and a woman’s evolving sense of self as she confronts the fear that keeps her from an unfettered future. Becoming Lin conjures the turbulent era of Freedom Riders for civil rights, Vietnam war resistance, the US government’s war against the resisters, the push for equal rights for women and the unraveling of the traditional marriage contract—an era that resonates today in tenacious racism and sexism, perpetual war and wide-reaching government surveillance.

Available at Canadian bookstores, Amazon (Canada) and Chapters/Indigo.


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 Now in the United States!


It Wasn’t All Poodle Skirts and Rock ‘n’ Roll. From its deceptively innocent beginning — two young teens exploring the riverbank and spying on “Crazy Haggerty’s” dilapidated house — through the intertwining story lines of paganism, murder and sexual violence, Stony River shows how perilous life was for some girls in the 1950s. Absent mothers, controlling fathers, biblical injunctions, teenage longing and small-town pretense abound. 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. The central mystery, inspired by the crimes of Robert Zarinsky as documented by Robin Gaby Fisher and Judith Lucas in Deadly Secrets (Newark StarLedger 2008), keeps the reader guessing until almost the very end, when the frightening truth is revealed.

In this coming-of-age mystery, three girls learn who they are and what they’re capable of surviving — and forgiving.

Shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award.

Hometown Girl

I was honored by my hometown by being inducted into its version of a hall of fame: Rahway‘s Own. Below is the poster that’s on display in various spots in town and here’s an article about the program and the other 2016 inductees.

Rahway's Own poster

Shakespeare Revisited..

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.

16 Responses to Home

  • Morty says:

    Hi Tricia,
    I just read your winning entry in the sub-Terrain 2015 CNF contest. Very powerful. Congrats on the win!

  • 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 – 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 and a California distributor. Stony River is available to US residents through I’ll send you the links!

  • 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!

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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!

    • 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.

  • Gail Johnson Morris says:

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

  • Helen and Patricia says:

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

    • 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.

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