It’s 1965. Twenty-two-year-old Linda Wise despairs of escaping her overprotective parents and the town of Stony River where far too many know she was sexually assaulted as a teenager. Deliverance arrives in the form of marriage to the charismatic, twenty-six-year-old Ronald Brunson, a newly ordained Methodist minister who ignites in her a dormant passion for social justice. He tells her war and racial discrimination are symptoms of the “moral rot” destroying the country, conjuring up something dark and rancid in her mind, thrilling in its wickedness. He sweeps her away from New Jersey to serve with him at a church in a speck-on-the-map prairie town in Minnesota. What lies ahead for her over the next seven years is the subject of Tricia Dower’s penetrating study of a marriage and a woman’s evolving sense of self as she confronts the fear that keeps her from an unfettered future. Becoming Lin conjures the turbulent era of Freedom Riders for civil rights, Vietnam war resistance, the US government’s war against the resisters, the push for equal rights for women and the unraveling of the traditional marriage contract—an era that resonates today in tenacious racism and sexism, perpetual war and wide-reaching government surveillance.
The time period from the 1960s into the 1970s captures the coming of age story of Lin, as she transitions from a naive young girl into a mature woman. You follow her growth during these pivotal decades in American history since the book covers a wide range of topics from sexual assault to the Vietnam War to marriage and women's rights.
These were turbulent times for Lin as she's adjusting to being a minister's wife and becoming a first time mother.
I went through this tumultuous era myself as a young woman and I could relate to certain circumstances that Lin went through from my own life experiences. I guess that's why it felt real to me.
Overall, I found the book picked up speed as it went along and made for an interesting read.
Prices/Formats: $12.99 ebook, $22.95 paperback Genre: Women's Fiction, Historical, Coming of Age Pages: 240 Release: March 20, 2017 Publisher: Caitlin Press ISBN: 9781987915075 Click to add to your Goodreads list.
About the Author
Tricia Dower hails from Rahway, New Jersey. You can find her on the “Rahway’s Own” website with other individuals the town has recognized for innovation and creativity. A graduate of Gettysburg College and a Phi Mu, she built a career in business before reinventing herself as a writer in 2002. Her literary work has crossed borders and won awards. She expanded a story from her Shakespeare-inspired collection, Silent Girl (Inanna 2008) into Stony River, which was published in both Canada (Penguin 2012) and the US (Leapfrog 2016). She gave a character from Stony River her own novel in Becoming Lin (Caitlin Press 2016), now available in the US.
The Vancouver Sun says, “Some of the most powerful and eloquent novelists of the 20th and 21st centuries…including Margaret Atwood, Margaret Laurence and Ethel Wilson...open up what had been cloaked in silence, the oppression of women and their self-discoveries in resistance. We can now add to this important liberation canon the name of Tricia Dower.”
A dual citizen of Canada and the United States, Dower lives and writes in Brentwood Bay, BC.
The latest in a series of barn fires in Leeds County turns ugly when a body is discovered inside the burned-out husk of an old hay barn near the village of Elgin. When the victim turns out to be Independent Senator Darius Lane, a renowned artist and social activist recently appointed to the upper chamber by the prime minister, Detective Inspector Ellie March of the Ontario Provincial Police finds herself coping with an RCMP national security team which must first assess whether the senator’s involvement in sensitive government business led to his brutal murder by forces hostile to Canada. While Detective Constable Kevin Walker works the case files of the previous barn fires looking for a serial arsonist within Leeds County who may have killed for the first time, Ellie discovers that the intervention of RCMP Assistant Commissioner Danny Merrick, unexpectedly polite and charming, will place her directly in the cross-hairs of a homicide investigation with national repercussions! This is the second book in the March and Walker Crime Novel series and the sequel to Sorrow Lake, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best North American crime novel.
A Canadian setting, a rash of arsons, and the murder of a Senator—all add up to a complex and intriguing mystery novel, the second in a continuing series by award-winning author, Michael J. McCann.
Kevin and Ellie are assigned to the investigation and are split up this time in order to have more of an impact on the team. You follow an entire investigative squad through the ins and outs of a murder case from beginning to end, and I really learned a lot about the inner workings of a police force.
The only thing I didn't like was that (for me) there were too many characters in the beginning to keep track of. Otherwise, overall I thought this latest detective yarn by McCann was a good solid mystery, one that I would recommend to any one.
Michael J. McCann was born and raised in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada. He earned degrees in English from Trent University and Queen's University in Kingston, ON.
He is the author of Sorrow Lake, the first March and Walker Crime Novel, which was shortlisted for the 2015 Hammett Award for best crime novel in North America.
He is also the author of the Donaghue and Stainer Crime Novel Series, including Blood Passage, Marcie's Murder, and The Fregoli Delusion. The Rainy Day Killer, the most recent in the series, was longlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for best crime novel in Canada.