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Canadian fiction, Canadian historical fiction, Pre-confederation Canada fiction, Atlantic steamboat wreck, Lake Erie shipwreck, Books about shipwrecks, Canadian history

And Still the Flowers Grow
by Joan McNamee

On a sunny August afternoon in 1852, on the northern coast of Lake Erie, two dozen bodies from the ill-fated Atlantic Paddle Steamer shipwreck washed ashore and were rapidly retrieved from their watery graves by pioneer farmers homesteading on the Long Point peninsula. Some passenger did survive to tell their stories. While the Long Point families were most receptive to guiding and supporting some of these survivors with what was left of their tattered lives, they never could have imagined how their own lives would be so intimately affected by these destitute survivors. For Mary O'Malley and her three small children, her quest to discover the fate of her missing husband would take a devastating and surprising turn. Fellow passengers, Toby Ryan, a restless 19 year old Irish immigrant had stored up enough hate, revenge and anger to keep him afloat for as long as it took, the deadly consequences of his own unfinished business hanging precariously in the balance.

Joan McNamee, M.A., has worked as a nurse, flight attendant, and University Instructor throughout her professional life. It has been her good fortune to share her life with her husband Don of 58 years while raising five children and enjoying the arrival of their thirteen grandchildren. Her love of writing, and her pleasure and enjoyment of family, friends and neighbours has helped focus her writer's curiosity and appreciation on trying to understand the scope of inter-personal relationships throughout one's lifetime. She is quick to credit her own approach to these issues as primarily inherited family traditions and her gentle rearing as far back as her great, great grandparents, pioneers along the Lake Erie coast.


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