CUSHING, a Novel

Rated 5.00/5 based on 4 reviews
This novel, based on actual events, follows the lives of James and Annabelle Wallace and their four daughters. Their triumphs and tragedies are interwoven with the town of Cushing, Quebec itself, and are set against the backdrop of a momentous period in Canadian history, 1850-1934. More

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  • Category: Fiction » Historical » Canada
  • Words: 38,000
  • Language: English
  • ISBN: 9781465975645
About marylou miner

Reading and writing have been my twin passions since I was a young girl growing up in Southern Ontario.During my early adult years I lived in Northern Ontario,raising a family and teaching English literature. Now I have returned to my roots, geographically and emotionally, where I am embarking on my third career as a professional writer. I hope you will return to read more of my books. As the poet writes and the singer sings, "the best is yet to come."

Currently pending are:

Reflections After Sixty: A Collection of Essays

Quyon, A Novel (a sequel to Cushing)

Theories of the Imagination: The Imaginative Intersections of Wallace Stevens, Northrop Frye, and Italo Calvino

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Review by: Cathleen Hart on April 15, 2012 :
I give this book 5 Stars! (see review below)
(reviewed 54 days after purchase)
Review by: Cathleen Hart on April 15, 2012 : (no rating)
I finished Cushing practically in one sitting, I LOVED it!!!

I am so in to the story of the Wallace family! It was truly a great read, characters came alive, and such interesting historical details. i.e. the Halifax Fire which of course I had read about, but never in this kind of rich detail-- I felt right there, in the turmoil of that time. I wonder if your sequel novel will tell any more of the sisters or will carry on another branch of the family…
Off to bed with the wonderful stories playing out in my head!
(reviewed 53 days after purchase)
Review by: Dave Dent on March 15, 2012 :
Historical fiction is like time travel. The reader gets to visit another time and place, meet new people, share their lives, and experience their hardships and joys. Best of all, at the end we can retreat safely to the comforts of the present, better informed and a little wiser. In her first novel, Cushing, Marylou Miner makes the trip a luxurious one with her rich, flowing prose and lush turns of phrase.

Set against a formative period in Canadian history, 1850-1934, the story follows real events. Using Cushing, Quebec, as the foundation of her novel, Ms Miner shows us the power of place in all our lives. Opening the book is the unfortunate end to an unpleasant man. It is not until the final chapter that our suspicions are answered about how and why and by whom. In between, the tale charts the triumphs and misfortunes of James and Annabelle Wallace and their four daughters over several generations . The unseen narrator moves the story along at a rapid pace, weaving among the actors and actions with philosophical asides on life and family.

Highly recommended
(reviewed 20 days after purchase)
Review by: Starzz1 on Feb. 22, 2012 :
I just finished it!
It builds..I can't express my thoughts and emotions properly..only words that come right now are are shock and awe!


You are good!

I need a cigarette..............

(reviewed 2 days after purchase)
Review by: Linda Jane on Feb. 22, 2012 :
I LOVED this novel. I was transported back in time reading this book. I felt like I was in the room with these characters. I could almost smell the aroma of home baked goods coming from the kitchen, hear the crackling of the fire and feel the chill of a cold Quebec winter. The characters seemed like they could have been my own family that I was hearing stories about. The author has a very clever way of foreshadowing events that makes you feel compelled to keep reading. You just HAVE to find out what is going to happen next. I read the first 10 chapters in one sitting because I couldn't put it down. Then I picked it up the next day and finished it. I can't wait to read the promised follow-up novel.
(reviewed the day of purchase)
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