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  • 228 pages
  • Black & White
  • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
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Early twentieth century, Western Canada, Ukrainian immigrant, Coal miner, Inheritance, Depression, New Canadian

Pyotr Yuzwenko is a man haunted by his past. Driven from his home by political unrest in Ukraine, orphaned at sea and sold into indentured labor in the Ottawa Valley, Pyotr becomes a man in the woods of northern Ontario. He finds love and family in Toronto, only to have it all torn from him as he is arrested and imprisoned as an “enemy alien.”

Having escaped the brutality of the forced labor camp, Pyotr has built a new life in the coal town of Beverly, Alberta. The depression is making life difficult for him and his growing family but Pyotr is unable to part with the one thing that could bring in enough money to see them through; his fathers’ watch.

He knows he must stay clear of the authorities, lest his past is discovered but, when he is cheated out of the watch, Pyotr risks everything to get it back.

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Neil D. Martin was born and raised in Edmonton, Alberta. Neil has been a bellhop, a parking attendant, a bus driver, a professional musician, a neon sculptor, a business owner and an ESL conversation facilitator. Neil was a founding member of Captain Nobody and the Forgotten Joy Band. Neil currently resides with his partner, Sandra, in Edmonton where he continues to craft neon signs for fun and profit.


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