Michael is a very old man in Ship Harbour, Nova Scotia when he meets young Sarah Lawrence. Their relationship opens long-repressed memories of his Loyalist past during the American Revolution in South Carolina. Then the memories take him even further back to the Old Country and the dark secret of a tragedy he has never confided to anyone. More
“Michael Eisan married for the third time at the age of 101 and died of his excesses at the age of 103.” This passage in the Eisan family Bible inspired me to write a novel based on the life of my great-great-great-great-grandfather. Michael is a very old man in Nova Scotia when he meets and marries young Sarah Lawrence. Sarah is curious about his life and her questions bring back long-repressed memories of his Loyalist past during the American Revolution in South Carolina. Michael suffers a stroke and Sarah nurses him back to health. But when he suffers another stroke, his memories take him even further back to the Old Country, the Palatine region of what is now Germany, where there was another war and another wife. When they embark together on a voyage to the New World, Michael relives the tragic secret of an experience he will take with him to the grave.
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