The formative portion of my youth was spent roaming both the green spaces and strip malls of suburban Scarborough, Ontario. Having come full circle, and retired from the University of Toronto, I now live in a similar suburban environment in Gresham, Oregon. On a small section of Johnson Creek my husband and I cultivate historic Barnhaven primroses and provide sanctuary for salamanders, frogs and other wildlife that live in the woods behind our house.
A Grave Wonder is a funny, spooky satire about those who search for their dreams in the strangest places. While indigent Jimmy Tumbler turns the Riverview Cemetery into his own personal gold mine, volunteer headstone cleaner Maryann DeFrancis seeks more intangible rewards. As fate would have it, they aren't the only ones with a stake in the graveyard.
Single mother Juanjin has great hopes when a sewing factory opens in her remote Chinese village but chances to improve her lot turn into unforeseen challenges. When the line of strange holiday items the factory produces is switched for dolls' costumes, both her perceptions of the west, and her plans for escape change.
In 1250 Yorkshire England: A monk, a friar and a sailor, each harboring a deep secret, find themselves unexpected companions in close quarters. As the evening wears on and the mead flows from the keg, they wrestle with legends, lies and the fickleness of fate.
Dead Stone Wake is an imaginative and unforgettable journey into the dawning of intellectual curiosity and violent conflict.
We see here the foundation of deductive and scientific reasoning, beautifully interwoven with thoughts and emotions of a single neanderthal. We experience the brutal consequences endured.