236 pages, Paperback ISBN: 9780888873958 $19.95 CA
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About the Book
Raging storms at sea pale in comparison to the challenges Percy Kilkenny, a once tall ship sailor, must face when, as an aging patriarch, he is placed in a nursing-care home. "Drown me in the salt-chuck first before you put me in a place like that," he had warned his wife, Clara. However, this critical incident serves to spark a journey of redemption for the authoritarian commander of the Kilkenny household.
When a tragic accident claims the life of a teenager, Percy is painfully reminded of what happened to his own two children. The event propels him to examine fractured family relationships and to acknowledge his part in the alienation of the Kilkenny children. The one exception is Joe, his last born, who is a commercial fisherman on the west coast and who shares common ground with his father; a genuine love of the sea. Together with Clara, Joe supports his father´s wrestle with the ghosts of his past, especially those of his childhood which drove him to escape to seafaring, with all its perils, at the tender age of thirteen.
Meanwhile, during this home visit Joe is confronted with difficulties of his own. Still in love with his high school sweetheart, he is not deterred in his quest to win her back despite the fact that she has mysteriously married a scoundrel.
The real town of Dalhousie, New Brunswick stands as the setting. Colourful sea-going yarns coupled with the region´s bilingual flavour and rich cultural makeup, serve as a backdrop for this story, one concerned with healing the heart,and unveiling the soul.
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About the AuthorPatricia A. Donahue
She was born in New Brunswick into a large bi-lingual family of storytellers. After becoming an R.N. in Montreal she re-located to Vancouver and took a Bachelor of Physical Education and an M.A. in Counselling Psychology at the University of British Columbia. Raising her three children has been her most important achievement.
She worked as a critical unit nurse, a rehabilitation consultant at Workers Compensation Board, and for over two decades had a successful psychotherapist practice in downtown Vancouver. She taught at university for fifteen years.
Her first publications were in international academic journals in psychology focused on Morita Therapy. Later when she turned to fiction-writing her short stories appeared in anthologies and magazines and non-fiction in newspapers.
Visiting seaports, maritime museums, and training on tall ship Bark Europa, crossing the North Atlantic in 2004, formed part of her research for this series. She is a member of the BC Federation of Writers, The North Shore Writers, an Associate of The Canadian Authors Association and a founding member of both the Okanagan Writers League, and Location Writing. Currently she lives in White Rock, BC, presents at writers´ festivals and offers writing workshops. In 2012, she received the Okanagan Literary Arts Award for her contribution to Canadian literature.