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  • Keywords
    • small-town life,
    • Canadiana,
    • southern Ontario,
    • Nursing,
    • World War Two,
    • homelessness,
    • Public Health

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The Chronicles of Paisley • Corners
by Cheryl van Daalen-Smith

Canadian nurse Kick Cavendish has always wanted to make a difference, and she's hoping her new post as Paisley • Corners’ new public health nurse will help her do just that. The rural Ontario hamlet instantly enamored Kick, who had also dreamed of living on an animal rescue farm. She soon discovers Paisley • Corners is as curious of a place as it is special. A community where the dot in its name is explicitly intentional, and its citizens are meddlesome and sometimes misunderstood but deeply caring despite their quirks and foibles. In The Chronicles of Paisley • Corners, the author draws from her expertise as a public health nurse, a role she compares to the wind: rarely seen, yet a presence that’s felt. With gentle nods to social issues and research around real historical events, an array of stories that focus on the wants, wounds, and secrets of the village residents will have readers rooting out loud for their favorite character. Much of the book is seen through Kick’s observant eyes, from witnessing the trauma associated with being an outcast to discovering the lengths people will go to shroud a secret. The links she sees between her rescue barn and her nursing practice – like beauty from ugliness or hope from neglect – gives us pause to contemplate the true meaning of belonging. The comings and goings of this friendly and compassionate public health nurse provide a window into endearing rural characters who just want to matter.

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With experiences as a public health nurse, and nursing professor, Cheryl van Daalen-Smith’s deep love for her work and appreciation of the privileged lessons afforded to nurses who bear witness to the lives of diverse individuals and communities are what inspired her to write The Chronicles of Paisley • Corners. Prior to writing the novel, her writing has largely been academic, crafting articles on girls’ and women’s mental health and co-editing Canada’s leading public health nursing text. A lifelong enthusiast of all things Anne of Green Gables, she studies the life and writing of Lucy Maud Montgomery through her membership in the Lucy Maud Montgomery Society of Ontario. Through continuing education offerings, she has studied at UBC’s School of Creative Writing and the Humber School for Writers – two programs for which she is deeply indebted. She dedicates The Chronicles of Paisley • Corners to Canada’s public health nurses who understand it well when she writes that ‘Health is a matter of who matters.’ van Daalen-Smith lives in rural Ontario with her husband, their corgi Jack, orange tabby Finnigan and a menagerie of beloved farm animals.


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