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Dedicated to:




My best friends and staunchest allies,
Joseph and Lorraine Byrnes - my parents -
the most generous, honest, loving, creative,
hardworking people
I have ever known.



The unyielding love of the women in my
ancestry and in my life. From them I come
and to them I go.



In loving memory of Roy (Dadayna) and
Jolma Marika
and Terri Vingerhoed.



~~~ ~~~





Acknowledgments

To Amanda Hemmings, Alex Mohan and all at Pan Macmillan who welcomed me to their ranks of salubrious authors - and then waited two years for the first draft.

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