Joyce A. Hood was born on Canada/U.S. border and feels equally at home in Toronto’s river ravines and Southern California’s Solstice Canyon. As an English teacher she spent many years immersed in the glories of the English language, which continues to console her daily. Besides the obligatory failed novel and a body of poetry, she has written over 137 journals, a daily record of her thoughts over half a long lifetime. This experience has convinced her that narrative is the key to mental, physical and spiritual health and ultimately to the empathic evolution of humanity.
What has no name does not exist. The cult had no name. What was done to the child had no name. “Don’t tell,” she was told. “Never tell.” Never Tell, like Angela’s Ashes and The Glass Castle demonstrates the resilience of the human spirit. The narrator’s voice, warm and darkly humorous, assures us of the redemptive power of love.