256 pages, Paperback ISBN: 9780888875105 $19.95 CA
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About the Book
The saga of the Kilkenny family headed by Percy, an old tall ship sailor, continues to unfold. In Mighty Orion – Fate, the "waters were calmed" following Percy's unwilling placement in a nursing home by his wife, Clara. Joe, the youngest of fine Kilkenny children, has a viable relationship with his father and was made privy to the story of Percy's painful beginnings: an abusive home, and his escape to sea as a cabin boy. Meanwhile, Joe wrestled with his own difficulties as he reunited with his high school sweetheart, a now-married Jocelyn.
As father and son grow closer, the crack in Percy's protective wall widens. Encouraged by Joe's sincerity, and by the force of his own desire to reunite with his grown children, Percy summons up the courage to break his silence further. He is willing to share his seaman's journals which he had kept hidden under lock and key. But the young Kilkenny is not prepared when his father pulls out all the stops and opens his "Pandora's Box" of secrets, one being of a taboo nature. The disclosure effectively launches Joe into an emotional tailspin where he struggles to assimilate his father's experience.
Meanwhile, at his peril, Joe pursues his liaison with Jocelyn, leading to a dangerous confrontation with that phoney husband of hers, T'Guy. When that happens, Joe witnesses the real sinew of Percy, the old sailor. This critical incident spawns further opportunity for family unity, in which Clara plays a pivotal role.
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 make-up serve as a backdrop for this story about family reconciliation.
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.