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.) You’ll find me celebrating the birth of my second book, Stony River. My publisher this time around is Penguin Canada and I couldn’t be more excited. Heartfelt thanks to my agent, John Pearce of Westwood Creative Artists, for brokering the deal and to Penguin’s commissioning editor, Adrienne Kerr, for seeing the potential in my book. 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 Postarticle offers a glimpse into my thinking about the era in which the novel is set.
Stony River is available in print and electronic versions.
From the Cover of Stony River
“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.”
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 . .
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.