Launch April 5th at Munro’s Books in Victoria! Everybody welcome.
A Tale of Transformation in a Time of Chaos.
“…utterly convincing…” — Kathy Page
“Touching, genuine, visceral and real.” — Richard Wagamese
“…with poetic flair and sensual detail.” — Donna Morrissey
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.
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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.
Shortlisted for the Canadian Authors Association Fiction Award.
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.