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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-5255-8832-7
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 300 pages
  • Hardcover Edition
    • 978-1-5255-8833-4
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 300 pages
  • Keywords
    • Creative nonfiction,
    • Literary fiction,
    • Dysfunctional families,
    • Coming of age,
    • 1960s,
    • Manitoba,
    • Friendship

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The Reluctant Author
by Corinne Jeffery

As a teen growing up in an impoverished dysfunctional home environment, Laurine Schaffer realizes that she must be pragmatic and pursue a sustainable professional career path. At seventeen, she enrols in a traditional three-year Registered Nurse training program, where she quickly realizes that her perceptions of life and people are dramatically different from many of her classmates. Although Laurine ultimately forges a successful vocation as a college professor, at age fifty-seven she admits she is not being true to herself, or to her lifelong aspiration to write the story of her German Lutheran ancestors who fled Russia in 1892. Following an epiphany in an abandoned family cemetery on the original ancestral homestead in western Canada, Laurine begins to write. As one family history book follows another and another and yet another, her writing becomes a catalyst for a personal healing journey. The Reluctant Author is essentially a prequel to her three previous family memoirs and links the past to the present with poignant clarity.

"Corinne Jeffery is a very fine storyteller." —Todd Babiak, Edmonton Journal columnist, screenwriter, and award-winning, best-selling author of the The Garneau Block and Toby: A Man "I love to see other Canadian authors shine, and shine she does!" —Charmaine Hammond, author, On Toby's Terms "A rare, immediately immersive experience in literature." —Scott Hayes, journalist, St. Albert Gazette

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Corinne Jeffery is the author of the bestselling Canadian historical fiction trilogy ‘Understanding Ursula’ with titles Arriving: 1909–1919, Thriving: 1920–1939, and Choosing: 1940–1989. She is also the author of Lords and Lepers, an intriguing coming of age novel set in the Canadian prairies. A graduate of the Brandon General Hospital School of Nursing with a Bachelor of Nursing degree from the University of Manitoba, she is a former educator with Grant MacEwan College in Edmonton. After many years in Winnipeg, she moved to St. Albert, Alberta, where she has been a long-time resident with her husband and family. The Reluctant Author is her fifth novel.


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