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  • eBook Edition
    • 978-1-03-918353-7
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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-03-918351-3
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 276 pages
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    • 978-1-03-918352-0
    • 6.0 x 9.0 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 276 pages
  • Keywords
    • Maternity nursing,
    • Pregnancy and childbirth,
    • Miscarriage,
    • Teen pregnancy,
    • Love and loss,
    • Addiction,
    • Creating a family

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by Karen Lea Armstrong

As a longtime maternity nurse at a Northern Ontario hospital, Bets has experienced the daily creation of new families. Yet this sixty-something “matriarch” of the hospital has only experienced personal loss; most recently, her husband Raz. When she meets Hannah, a high-school student who wants to learn about nursing, Bets enjoys sharing stories of her work, never suspecting the new direction their lives will take. As Drownproofing unfolds from present to past and back again, the complexity of Bets’ own family story is slowly revealed. She’s confronted with tough choices that challenge her outlook on life and her definition of family. A compelling and emotional read, author Karen Lea Armstrong drew from her career as a family physician to tell this story with striking depth and drama.

“Open this book and let Bets and Hannah into your heart and you'll never forget them. Karen Armstrong has written two of the most compelling female characters I've read in a long time. This is a novel that teaches us what it means to meet life as it finds us and find love along the way. A book to savour.” —Rhonda Douglas, author of Welcome to the Circus

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Karen Lea Armstrong has had a lifelong passion for reading, writing, and languages. She has practised medicine in Northern Ontario since 1997, including fifteen years of obstetrics, during which she delivered more than five hundred babies. She has been published in multiple genres including short fiction, poetry, and academic work. She’s also on a mission to rid the world of misplaced apostrophes. Armstrong lives in Timmins, Ontario, with her husband Paul. They have two grown daughters and a lovable but untrainable rescue dog. Contact Karen at


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