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    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
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    • 294 pages
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    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 294 pages
  • Keywords
    • personal memoir,
    • growing up,
    • adolescence,
    • families,
    • Jewish teenager,
    • grief and loss,
    • orphans

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Storm Orphan
A Memoir
by Marsha Barrett

When Marsha Barrett is six years old, her mother dies of cancer. The youngest of three sisters in a Jewish family, she goes through a turbulent youth during the 1960s and 1970s, rebelling against her demanding and often absent father. Barrett depicts the heartbreaking yet humorous chaos in her household as her philandering father seeks a replacement wife and mother for his daughters. At age seventeen, disowned by her dad and feeling wildly un-mothered, Marsha flees her home in North Toronto to be independent. Storm Orphan is about a strong-spirited daughter and her domineering father. It’s about living through tragedy yet finding hilarity. It’s about grief and joy. It’s about losing and discovering love, but ultimately it’s a story about finding home.

"In Storm Orphan, Marsha Barrett looks back on her early life with clarity, compassion, and a fine sense of humour. This is an unforgettable story of pain, resilience, and strength that will have you gasping, laughing, and looking back on your own life with new depths of empathy, insight, and understanding." — Diane Schoemperlen, award-winning Canadian author

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Marsha Barrett, B.A.A., M.Ed., is a retired college professor of Early Childhood Education. Storm Orphan: A Memoir is her first book. Writing about growing up under the shadow of her mother’s death has been on her bucket list for over thirty years. An educator at Humber College for more than a decade, Marsha made the role reversal to student, completing Humber’s graduate certificate in Creative Writing. Marsha lives in Georgetown, Ontario, with her husband and is grateful to be a mother, stepmother, and grandmother. For more information, see website.


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